The concept of retirement has changed over the years. In the past, most retirement quotes, for example, focused on leaving your work behind, relaxing and enjoying “the best years of your life.”

Now, with people living longer, the way that we look at retirement is changing. For starters, the idea that retirement is a destination is falling out of favor. Instead, an increasing number of seniors are choosing to work in retirement or start their own business after age 66.

Still, despite the fact that retirement “ain’t what it used to be,” it is still one of the most widely discussed topics around today. So, we thought that it would be fun to pull together a list of some of the best retirement quotes of all time. Some of these will make you groan. Others will inspire you to do more. But, one thing is for certain, they will all make you think!

Did we miss any of your favorite quotes? Why not add them to the comments section of this article so that we can make this list even more comprehensive?

Here Are 43 of the Best Retirement Quotes Ever Recorded

“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” – Bill Waterson, Calvin & Hobbes

“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

“Retire from work, but not from life.” – M.K. Soni

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

“Money is something you got to make in case you don’t die.” – Max Asnas

“It is better to live rich than to die rich.” – Samuel Johnson

“Retirement is the ugliest word in the language.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Retired is being twice tired, I’ve thought first tired of working, then tired of not.” – Richard Armour

“For many, retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater freedom.” – Robert Delamontague

“Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

“Retirement is wonderful if you have two essentials – much to live on and much to live for.” – Unknown

“Retirement: That’s when you return from work one day and say, ‘Hi, Honey, I’m home — forever.’” – Gene Perret

“Retirement’s the most wonderful thing. I get to enjoy all the things I never stopped to notice on the way up. After an extraordinary life, it’s time to enjoy my retirement.” – Patrick Macnee

“Don’t act your age in retirement. Act like the inner young person you have always been.” – J. A. West

“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” – Will Rogers

“A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.” – Ella Harris

“A thriving new beginning can be and should be a time for amazing engagement, growth, connections, contributions and amazing possibilities.” – Lee M. Brower

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“The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.” – Unknown

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“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

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“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

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“Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow” – Unknown

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“A lot of our friends complain about their retirement. We tell ’em to get a life.” – Larry Laser

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Here Are Even More of Our Favorite Quotes About Retirement

“As your life changes, it takes time to recalibrate, to find your values again. You might also find that retirement is the time when you stretch out and find your potential.” – Sid Miramontes

“Don’t think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drive into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.” – Samuel Johnson

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“We work all our lives so we can retire – so we can do what we want with our time – and the way we define or spend our time defines who we are and what we value.” – Bruce Linton

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“For retirement brings repose, and repose allows a kindly judgment of all things.” – John Sharp Williams

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“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

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“The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.” – George Foreman

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“I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day.” – Gene Perret

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“Planning to retire? Before you do find your hidden passion, do the thing that you have always wanted to do.” – Catherine Pulsifer

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“You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it.” – Tennessee Williams

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“Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway.” – Unknown

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“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

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“Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me. I never had the time before to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife, and the tree outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself.” – Hartman Jule

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“Retirement at 65 is ridiculous. When I was 65 I still had pimples.” – George Burns

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“Sooner or later I’m going to die, but I’m not going to retire.” – Margaret Mead

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“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

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“The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” – Abe Lemons

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“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

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“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

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“When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch.” – R.C. Sherriff

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I hope that these retirement quotes inspire and motivate you to get the most from this amazing phase of life that is filled with so much opportunity.

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