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Retirement Quotes and Retirement Sayings

Famous People Who Resisted Retirement

Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.
— Margaret Mead

I will not retire while I've still got my legs and my make-up box.
— Bette Davis

Retirement: Statutory senility.
— Emmett O'Donnell

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

People may live as much retired from the world as they like, but sooner or later they find themselves debtor or creditor to some one.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife. But the problems are such that for anybody with a conscience who can use whatever influence he may have to try to bring about peace, it's difficult to say no.
— Nelson Mandela

I just can't stop myself; I'm addicted to making you money. I should be spending all day in a country club or never getting out of my pajamas like Hugh Hefner.
— Jim Cramer

Never retire. Michelangelo was carving the Rondanini just before he died at eighty-nine. Verdi finished his opera Falstaff at eighty.
— W. Gifford-Jones

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

We’ll rock till we drop. We have all agreed this won’t be the last time. Everyone’s rocking.
— Ronnie Wood, (in July 2010 at age 63, in response to rumors that the Rolling Stores were going to retire.)

Retirement requires the invention of a new hedonism, not a return to the hedonism of youth
— Mason Cooley

Retirement is the ugliest word in the language.
— Ernest Hemingway

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

It [retirement] was absolutely boring. You can't go and say, 'I'm retired now. That's it!' It won't take long and you're really gone for good and someone throws the last shovel of dirt on a coffin with
your name on it. That's the moment you're really retiring — when you die.
— Ozzy Osbourne

To retire is to die.
— Pablo Casals (Spanish Cellist and Conductor)

Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.
— Simone de Beauvoir

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
— George Bernard Shaw

Men and women approaching retirement age should be recycled for public service work, and their companies should foot the bill. We can no longer afford to scrap-pile people.
— Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995), U.S. civil rights activist

Retirement Quotes and Retirement Sayings

by Not-So-Famous People Who Also 

Resisted Retirement  Found on T-Shorts

Retired. So I am not interested in anyone telling me about their problems at work.
— Unknown Author

You know the Social Security they keep deducting off your paycheck. Well, it's going to pay for my being retired which I am truly enjoying. Thanks.
— Unknown wise person

I have retired, unretired, and retired again all in the past 10 years.
— Unknown retiree

Retired: Too Old to Work — Too Young to Die.
— Unknown Retired Person

Retired: Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of it.

— Unknown retiree person

Teacher's Retirement Motto: I Used to Teach. Now I Have No Class.
— Unknown wise person

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Author of The World's Best Book on Retirement

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tomorrow what
others don't.
— John Addison
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— Dan Richards
I'm regularly asked     what my [retirement]  plan is, and I    deliberately don't have much of a plan. I've had lots of plans in my life and it might be nice to have a period      that is less planned.
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