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Retirement is cause for celebration… and teasing… and wisdom. Our retirement quotations have all of that and more. Come on in for some retirement wisdom and laughter and stock up on material for speeches, cards, roasts, and find great scrapbooking quotes about retirement.

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For the loot, honey, for the loot.
Ava Gardner,
(On why she came out of retirement
to appear on a prime time soap opera)

I think it beats the heck out of life after death, that's for sure.
Martina Navratilova

I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.

I am a free man. I feel as light as a feather.
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar,
on retiring as Secretary-General of U.N.

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

Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire.
Samuel Johnson

By the age of 65, most of us have accomplished whatever work-related goals we are going to reach. If you haven't done it by then, chances are you aren't going to do it. Take the retirement, take the pension, take the Social Security, and sail off into the sunset.
Sue Lasky

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More retirement quotations to get you thinking:

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

Retirement must be wonderful. I mean, you can suck in your stomach for only so long.
Burt Reynolds

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

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
Vince Lombardi

This is one of my favorite thoughtful retirement quotations:

Have you ever been out for a late autumn walk in the closing part of the afternoon, and suddenly looked up to realize that the leaves have practically all gone? And the sun has set and the day gone before you knew it — and with that a cold wind blows across the landscape? That's retirement.
Stephen Leacock

I pant for retirement and leisure, but am doomed to inexpressible and almost unsupportable hurry.
Sarah Siddons

People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels when they reach “retirement” age seem very admirable to me.
Helen Hayes

Waiting until your retirement party is too late to start planning your portfolio.
Richard Wastcoat

When I retire I'm going to spend my evenings by the fireplace going through those boxes. There are things in there that ought to be burned.
Richard Nixon

When is the right age to retire? When you dread going to work.
Mary Bright

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.
Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne

Here's a favorite inspirational retirement quote from long ago:

There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle.
Samuel Butler

We have no porch, no rocking chair—and no time. My biggest need is a calendar because there are so many things to do. Now I encourage people to retire—the younger the better.
Maurice Musholt

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

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

Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it.
Bernard Baruch

Some more interesting retirement quotations:

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

The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself.
H. L. Mencken

Sixty-five is the age when one acquires sufficient experience to lose one's job.
Author Unknown

Hang in there, retirement is only thirty years away!
Workplace Graffiti

Finally, I really like this play on the word RETIRE by Catherine Pulsifer. It makes a retirement quotation perfect for many occasions.

R etire, now it is your time to
E xperience all that life has to offer,
T ake time to smell the roses,
I nvestigate your hobbies,
R evitalize your dreams, and,
E mbark on a new way of life!

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