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Retirement Quotes

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
~ J. Lubbock

You fulfilled all your professional ambitions. Now is the time to achieve your personal aspirations. Retirement is the start of life's golden phase. Give your childhood dreams one final chase. Happy Retirement!

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Retirement marks the end of the retiree's service to a company and the start of a new phase of life where he or she can focus on their own interests and spend time with their family.

It is ironic that when a man retires, and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch!

Using these quotations can be an excellent way for you to say thanks or raise a smile for someone who is retiring.

If you've been asked to give a speech, you'll probably want to celebrate all that they have contributed and to join them in their anticipation of a happy future ahead.

You can also find some great retirement poems which may also be helpful.

Here's some quotes on retirement for you (some famous, some less so), the first is particularly funny -

Funny Retirement Quotes

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

The money is no better in retirement, but the hours are! ~ Author Unknown

My retirement plan is to find a shopping cart with good snow tires. ~ Patty Doyle

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul ~ Samuel Ullman

I have now the gloomy prospect of retiring from office loaded with serious debts, which will materially affect the tranquility of my retirement. ~ Thomas Jefferson

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

Keep calm and be crazy, love and live it up because this is the oldest you've been and the youngest you'll ever be again.

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. ~ Charles Kingsley

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C.S. Lewis

I could be well content to entertain the lag end of my life with quiet hours. ~ William Shakespeare

I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be
scoured to nothing with perpetual motion. ~ Shakespeare

‘Tis our fast intent
To shake all cares and business from our age,
Conferring them on younger strengths, while we
Unburdened crawl toward death

I’m not in the speechmaking business nowadays. I’m following the advice of an old mountain woman who said: ‘When I walks, I walk slowly. When I sits, I sits loosely. And when I feel a worry coming on, I just go to sleep.’
Lyndon Johnson, US President

I feel nothing but the accursed happiness I have dreaded all my life
long: the happiness that comes as life goes, the happiness of
yielding and dreaming instead of resisting and doing, the sweetness
of the fruit that is going rotten.
George Bernard Shaw

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of at the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.~George Bernard Shaw

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile. ~ Mother Teresa

I anticipate with pleasing expectations that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers. ~ George Washington, US President

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
~ Calvin Coolidge

Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

Retirement, when you stop living at work and start working at living.

Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.
William A. Ward

Retirement Saying

This is also one of my favorite readings that can sometimes be
appropriate when celebrating a retirement:-

May you have enough happiness to keep you happy.
Enough trials to keep you strong.
Enough sorrow to keep you human.
Enough hope to keep you thoughtful.
Enough failure to keep you humble.
Enough success to keep you eager.
Enough friends to give you comfort.
Enough faith and courage in yourself to banish depression.
Enough wealth to meet your daily needs.
Enough determination to make each day a better day than yesterday.

As I Get Older I Realize

  1. I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.
  2. Sometimes I roll my eyes out loud.
  3. I don't need anger management, I need people to stop pissing me off.
  4. My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance of idiots that needs work.
  5. The biggest lie I tell myself is "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it".
  6. When I was a child I thought nap time was a punishment. Now it's like a mini-vacation.
  7. The day the world runs out of wine is just too terrible to think about.
  8. Even duct tape can't fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound.
  9. Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller?
  10. "Getting Lucky" means walking into a room and remembering why I am there.

Happy days are here at last
The days of 9 to 5 are past.
I've worked all my life and paid my dues,
Now I'll do just what I choose!

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