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(A Collection of Retirement Wishes and Happy Retirement Sentiments for Any Occasion Including a Special Retirement Card or a Retirement Party. Also Top-10 Retirement Sayings and Quotes Consisting of Retirement Words and Retirement Messages That Can Be Used as Retirement Sentiments or Retirement Wishes.)

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Retirement Sentiments That Can Be Used

in a Retirement Toast at Retirement Parties

Retirement sentiments or retirement wishes are what others say to the retired or the soon-to-be retired, to let them know how they affected the people with whom they worked, and to extend the best fortunes for the retired and soon-to-be retired to retire happy.

The following best wishes for retirement and retirement sentiments may make great ideas for retirement parties or retirement cards. You may also want to use them in your in retirement letters and retirement speeches.

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#1 of Our Top-10

May your biggest need in retirement be a calendar because you have so many retirement activities to pursue.

#2 of Our Top-10

May your retirement be such that every day seems like Sunday.

#3 of Our Top-10

May your retirement allow you to finally attain the freedom that you have always wanted. As The World's Best Retirement Book states, freedom is when you can get up in the morning when you want to get up; go to sleep when you want to go to sleep; and in the interval, work and play at the things you want to work and play at — all at your own pace.

#4 of Our Top-10

May there be a whole new kind of life ahead of you, full of lots of wonderful experiences just waiting to happen. Some call it "retirement" — but you, of course, will experience it as bliss.

#5 of Our Top-10

May your retirement be like the experience of a kid being out of school for the summer — but the summer never ends. At the same time, may your retirement allow you to do what you don’t like as little as possible and what you like as much as possible.

#6 of Our Top-10

To borrow from a quote from Francis Bacon, may your retirement be best in four things — old wood best to burn, old wine best to drink, old friends best to trust, and old authors best to read.

#7 of Our Top-10

May you know how to retire happy and allow your retirement to, as the Chinese proverb advises, "Always take an emergency leisurely."

#8 of Our Top-10

May your retirement allow you to forget how old you are. Of course, this will become more important the older you get.

#9 of Our Top-10 Retirement Wishes to You

May your retirement allow you to live an extra long life and see those enraged who will be responsible for paying your pension for such a long time.

#10 of Our Top-10

Be happy to retire — because you are a long time dead!
— from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Ernie Zelinski

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Irish Retirement Blessing
May you always have work
for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold
always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright
on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain
to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend
always be near you.
And may God fill your heart
with gladness to cheer you.


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Quotes Relating to the Top-Ten Retirement Sentiments 

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#1 Quote Relating to the Top-Ten Retirement Sentiments

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

#2 Quote Relating to the Top-Ten Retirement Sentiments

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

#3 Quote Relating to the Top-Ten Retirement Sentiments

You must pursue what you truly want out of retirement, and not what others want you to pursue or what other retirees are pursuing.
— from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

#4 Quote Relating to the Top-Ten Retirement Sentiments

Don't act your age [in retirement]. Act like the inner young person you have always been.
— J. A. West

#5 Quote Relating to the Top-Ten Retirement Sentiments

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

#6 Quote Relating to the Top-Ten Retirement Sentiments

Retirement itself is the best [retirement] gift. No gold watch could ever top it.
— Abigail Charleson

#7 Quote Relating to the Top-Ten Retirement Sentiments 

For a happy retirement day, look for something bright and beautiful
in nature. Listen for a beautiful sound, speak a kind word to some
person, and do something nice for someone without their knowledge.
— Unknown 85-year-old Wise Retired Person

#8 Quote Relating to the Top-Ten Retirement Sentiments

Retire from work, but not from life.
— M. K. Soni

#9 Quote Relating to the Top-Ten Retirement Sentiments

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

#10 Quote Relating to the Top-Ten Retirement Sentiments

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable
the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with finer
spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world.
You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.
— Woodrow Wilson


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Note: See my several Squidoo webpages for more happy retirement sentiments, farewell sentiments to write in greeting cards, and free verses and sentiments for cards. Also check the Retirement Speeches and the Retirement Poems Webpages on the Retirement Quotes Website. For funky retirement quotes check Retiring Happy Quotes and Funny Retirement Quotes.

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