Retirement Quotes

Inspirational Retirement Quotes And Sayings

Retirement is an immense achievement in a person’s life. This new season is marked with set apart with excitement and perhaps a little vulnerability. A lifetime of planning goes into this changing decision, and indeed it’s a reason for celebration. If you know someone retiring, send them retiring gift with inspirational retirement quotes.

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right word for say goodbye to a colleague. To help you write perfect retirement card messages, we compiled a list of retirement quotes, Funny Retirement Quotes, Happy Retirement Quotes or Retirement Sayings. Whether you want to inspire them with fun, there is sure to be the perfect sentiment for you!

Retirement Quotes

Don't act your age in retirement. Act like the inner young person you have always been.

J. A. West

Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.

Fred Rogers

Retirement: That's when you return from work one day and say, “Hi, Honey, I'm home — forever.

Gene Perret

Retire from work, but not from life.

M.K. Soni

For many, retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater freedom.

Robert Delamontague

Working people have a lot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work.

Clarence Darrow

For retirement brings repose, and repose allows a kindly judgment of all things.

John Sharp Williams

Retirement, a time to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, where you want to do it and how you want to do it?

Catherine Pulsifer

A thriving new beginning can be and should be a time for amazing engagement, growth, connections, contributions, and amazing possibilities.

Lee M. Brower

The joy of retirement comes in those everyday pursuits that embrace the joy of life; to experience daily the freedom to invest one's life-long knowledge for the betterment of others; and, to allocate time to pursuits that only received, in years of working, a fleeting moment.

Byron Pulsifer

I found out retirement means playing golf, or I don't know what the hell it means. But to me, retirement means doing what you have fun doing.

Dick Van Dyke

Living each day as if it were your last doesn't mean your last day of retirement on a remote island. It means to live fully, authentically and spontaneously with nothing being held back.

Jack Canfield

You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.

George Bernard Shaw

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

Sophia Loren

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Mark Twain

Something pretty…that's just the surface. People worry so much about aging, but you look younger if you don't worry about it.

Jeanne Moreau

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.

Will Rogers

The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.

Abe Lemons

Inspirational Retirement Quotes

The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.

George Foreman

As in all successful ventures, the foundation of a good retirement is planning.

Earl Nightingale

Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.

Arthur E. Morgan

Choose a work that you love and you won’t have to work another day.”


Planning to retire? Before you do, find your hidden passion. Do the thing that you have always wanted to do.

Catherine Pulsifer

Sooner or later I’m going to die, but I’m not going to retire.

Margaret Mead

Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time.

Bernard Baruch

You can’t put off being young until you retire.

Philip Larkin

Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.

Gene Perret

There is a whole new kind of life ahead, full of experiences just waiting to happen. Some call it ‘retirement.’ I call it ‘bliss.’

Betty Sullivan

You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.

C.S. Lewis

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Anne Bradstreet

There’s one thing I always wanted to do before I quit . . . . retire!

Groucho Marx

Retirement, a time to enjoy all the things you never had time to do when you worked.

Catherine Pulsifer

Retirement means doing whatever I want to do. It means choice.

Dianne Nahirny
Retirement Quotes for Teachers

Stay young at heart, kind in spirit, and enjoy retirement living.

Danielle Duckery

Stay young at heart, kind in spirit, and enjoy retirement living.

Danielle Duckery

Funny Retirement Quotes

I’m not just retiring from the company, I’m also retiring from my stress, my commute, My alarm clock, and my iron.

Hartman Jule

My father calls acting ‘a state of permanent retirement with short spurts of work.

Chris Pine

I’ve been attending lots of seminars in my retirement. They’re called naps.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

A retired husband is often a wife's full-time job.

Ella Harris

Retirement, we understand, is great if you are busy, rich and healthy. But then, under those conditions, work is great too.

Bill Vaughan

A lot of our friends complain about their retirement. We tell 'em to get a life

Larry Laser

Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous, When I was sixty-five – I still had pimples.

George Burns

First you forget names; then you forget faces; then you forget to zip up your fly; and then you forget to unzip your fly.

Branch Rickey

A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement as it’s recipients have given up so many of their golden hours in a lifetime of service.

Harry Mahtar

When you retire, you switch bosses — from the one who hired you to the one who married you.

Gene Perret

We spend our lives on the run: we get up by the clock, eat and sleep by the clock, get up again, go to work – and then we retire. And what do they give us? A bloody clock.

Dave Allen

Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.

Gene Perret
Retirement Quotes for Your Boss

The concept of freedom is never truly realized until one settles into retirement mode.

A. Major

People are always asking me when I’m going to retire. Why should I? I’ve got it two ways. I’m still making movies, and I’m a senior citizen, so I can see myself at half price.

George Burns

There are some who start their retirement long before they stop working.

Robert Half

When some people retire, it's going to be mighty hard to be able to tell the difference.

Virginia Graham

When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch.

R C Sherrif

Retired people compliment my teeth, then tell me to take care of them. This always makes me think they are trying to steal them.

Emily Claire Tamblyn

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.

Bill Waterson

Retirement: It’s nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese.

Gene Perret

I have never liked working. To me a job is an invasion of privacy.

Danny McGoorty

Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.

Jonathan Clements

When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking.

Gail Sheehy

Fear no more the heat o the sun, nor the furious winter’s rages. Thou thy worldly task hast done, home art gone and taken thy wages.

William Shakespeare

Retirement Quotes for Your Boss

Retirement is when you switch bosses from the one who hired you to the one who married you.

Gene Perret

Enjoy every day and don’t forget us!, unfortunately we will be here for awhile!

Kate Summers

A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.

H. S. M. Burns

A good boss realizes that they can also learn from those they work with no matter the level, title or position. Learning is a continuous habit and is one of the best lessons demonstrated by a good boss.

Byron Pulsifer

The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.

John C. Maxwell

We have had many good times, and now as you retire you will make new memories.


Retirement Quotes for Teachers

There are three things to remember when teaching: know your stuff; know whom you are stuffing; and then stuff them elegantly.

Lola May

The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.

Alice Rollins

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.

Alexander of Macedon

The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.

Maria Montessori

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

William Arthur Ward

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

Carl Jung

The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart.

Anne Michaels

A teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.

Elbert Hubbard

I’m not a teacher: only a fellow-traveller of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead- ahead of myself as well as you.

George Bernard Shaw

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.

Karl Menninger

The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate apparently ordinary people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.

K. Patricia Cross

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

Henry Brooks Adams
Funny Retirement Quotes

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.

Kahlil Gibran

Retirement Sayings

Someone once said, There are two good reasons to be a teacher — July and August. In fact, there are three good reasons to be a teacher. The third reason is retirement.

Throughout your career, you have been someone’s boss. Retirement is your chance to be your own.

We have had many good times, and now as you retire you will make new memories.

He who laughs last at the boss’s jokes probably isn’t far from retirement.

Until now you may have thought that life’s biggest battles are fought in the boardroom… but now as you retire and spend more time at home, you’ll realize that they’re actually fought in the kitchen.

All these years you may have been the boss, but now all that goes out for a toss. Retirement marks the end of your reigning thunder, because without your job title you’re no more than a mere commoner.

The challenge to retirement is spending more time without spending more money.

Retirement is when you start working at living and quit living at work.

Retiring from work does not mean retiring from life! It is just the beginning, not the end!

Happy days are here, at last, the days of nine to five are passed, you’ve worked your life and paid your dues, now you can do just what you choose!

The company gave me an aptitude test and I found out the best work I was best suited for was a retirement

Thank you for treating me so good, I know I’m new but you treated me like family and for that, I will never forget you! Enjoy your retirement, I can tell you’ve earned it.

I can’t imagine walking into the office and not seeing your face. Thank you for every single second you’ve spent with our team. It is truly appreciated!

Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you can’t stop by the office every once and a while for a chat. Don’t be a stranger!

The fun finally begins after retirement! Congratulations on reaching your retirement goal.

You’ve worked hard over the years! Glad to finally see you getting to take a break for a while.

When someone as wonderful as you finally get to retire it makes my heart melt! Congrats and all the best to your relaxing years ahead!

You will always be remembered for your accomplishments. Thank you for your years of hard work and dedication to our team, and congrats on your retirement!

You’ve worked your entire life for this day, you deserve it, and all the best for a happy retirement!

Thank you for being an amazing example for me and our team. Your dedication and hard work are really inspiring! I will never forget you for that! Enjoy your retirement!

Thank you for always challenging us to become the best at what we do. Congrats on your retirement!

Best wishes on your early retirement. Enjoy the new opportunities to do fun and wonderful things just for you.

I’m sure you never thought this day would come… Well other than that calendar you had that marked down the last days until your retirement ha ha ha! Enjoy yourself my friend, you will be greatly missed! 

I’m sure you never thought this day would come… Well other than that calendar you had that marked down the last days until your retirement ha haha! Enjoy yourself, my friend, you will be greatly missed! 

You will be greatly missed! We hope you enjoy your retirement as much as we enjoyed having you around the office. All the best!

Retirement is an outstanding achievement for who work for their entire life. Sending inspirational retirement quotes and sayings to the retired person could add some extra fun on their happy moment. Try these funny retirement quotes and sayings to wish a happy retirement. You may send these messages with a card.

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