Lately I’ve been seeking out the best retirement quotes I can fint, searching for the perfect turn of phrase to express something significant or perhaps humorous about retirement, and collecting those quotes which resound with me. I’d love to hear some of other famous retirement quotes or simple your favorite retirement quotes as well. (I also love this retirement crown — see photo.)
“Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.”
— Harry Emerson Fosdick
There is a lot of wisdom here. What are your plans when you retire? Are you looking forward to travel? Are you looking forward to spending more time doing a favorite hobby? Are you going to be providing childcare for your grandchildren? There are all sorts of things to look forward to. Just make sure you have a plan and have something to retire to.
“The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.”
— George Foreman
This may be my favorite quote. It certainly sheds some light and is quite wise in its approach. Many of the articles we write encourage you to think about what you would like your retirement to look like and how much money you will need to fund your dream.
“The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.”
— Abe Lemons
That one makes me laugh but it’s actually pretty true. Every day is full of fun things, doing “work” like cooking, cleaning, etc., and all days kind of look alike after a while. But I take exception because every day feels like a day off in retirement.
“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”
— Bill Watterson, “Calvin and Hobbes”
This is most certainly true! I find myself at the end of the day reflecting on what I’ve accomplished. A lot of nothing, but I still wish I had done more. At this time, I am looking forward to getting back into a routine after moving abroad. Our possessions just arrived; so, I find myself focused on getting settled, and many other tasks are not getting done.
“Money is something you got to make in case you don’t die.”
— Max Asnas
Well, it’s true that you need money to live on once you retire, provided you don’t work yourself to death! But this brings up a good point. We need to earn an income and plan for retirement so that our money lasts till we die. And, as part of your planning, keep in mind the great likelihood that down the road the cost of medical care will continue to grow and surpass any current budget amount. What have you been doing to prepare for your retirement and especially for those unforeseen medical expenses?
“When I finally retire, I just want to go away so no one has to listen to me.”
— Steve Martin
Don’t do it, Steve – you’re a “funny guy”! But often that’s what people do when they retire. Some people find themselves living in a cocoon and not socializing with people, and that can be harmful. If you are already retired, what do you do to keep an active social life? Be thinking of how you can stay involved, maybe take a dance class, or join a club!
“A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.”
— Ella Harris
This is funny. A lot of my friends warned me about this and told me I’d have no time to myself. I know every situation is different, but I often have to go looking for my husband as he has found something to get busy with and it doesn’t include me. He does think that food should appear on the table at mealtime, but now that I’m retired having the extra time to cook is enjoyable! No more rushing off to evening meetings or trying to cram something down our throats as we were running to a ballgame or other obligation.
“Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.”
This is an understatement. There are things you can do to reduce your expenses however, such as paying off your mortgage, downsizing to a less expensive home and/or community, or moving abroad – like David and I did – where the cost of living has made it possible to retire younger. If the idea of retiring abroad appeals to you, we have found Live & Invest Overseas to be an excellent resource.
Choose a work that you love and you won’t have to work another day.”
This is exactly what I found in retirement. I have found a job that I love (it supplements my retirement), and it doesn’t feel like work. It is rewarding, it is fun, and I look forward to the opportunity to help people. If you are still working, ask yourself: do you love your job? If not, consider developing a new income stream which incorporates your true passion.
“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”
— Vince Lombardi
One of the all-time greats in National Football League history didn’t get a chance to enjoy his retirement. He is remembered for his great work ethic, as we should each strive for as our legacy. If still working, take a look at your relationship with your job and be your best! But, be careful. Remember: there is a time to work, and there is a time not to work. Be able to let go when the time is right.
Here are a few more great quotes:
“It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.”
— Andy Rooney
“I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.”
— Bob Hope
“Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.”
— Louis Armstrong
What do you have to say about retirement? Which of these quotes spoke to you most? I’d love to expand my collection of the best retirement quotes with some from readers. So, please write away!