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(A Comprehensive Collection of Quotes and Sayings about Happiness and Retirement for those retirees who want to retire happy and age well)

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Quotes and Sayings

[Pursuit of] Happiness in Retirement and In Life

Happiness no longer seems like an unobtainable goal — it can reside in a superb cup of coffee.
— Maggie Friede

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
— von Goethe

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
— Benjamin Disraeli

"Can I retire happy?", you may be asking yourself? The most important retirement advice: Don't consider retiring from the corporate world until you have irritated enough people to make it worthwhile.
— Ernie Zelinski

Happiness is being retired and spending all of my kids' inheritance before I die!
— Unknown wise person

Take the time to create the personal environments  that produce peace, health and creativity in your life. Clean house, get rid of unused junk,
clean the inside and outside of your car. You will be amazed at how some order in our lives can lift our emotions and create a sense of accomplishment.
— George Aja

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
— Virginia Woolf

Happiness can be bought with a bottle of wine and has become ambiguous through overuse.
— Timothy Ferriss

Prescription for Life-Long Happiness
Purpose enough for satisfaction;
Work enough for sustenance;
Sanity enough to know when to play and rest;
Wealth enough for basic needs;
Affection enough to like many and love a few;
Self-respect enough to love yourself;
Charity enough to give to others in need;
Courage enough to face difficulties;
Creativity enough to solve problems;
Humor enough to laugh at will;
Hope enough to expect an interesting tomorrow;
Gratitude enough to appreciate what you have;
Health enough to enjoy life for all its worth.
— From the book Life's Secret Handbook 

There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying things which are beyond the power of our will.
— Epictetus

No man is happy who does not think himself so.
— Publilius Syrus

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
— Benjamin Franklin

All times are beautiful for those who maintain joy within themselves; but there is no happy or favorable time for those with disconsolate or orphaned souls.
— Rosalia Castro

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than attempting to satisfy them.
— John Stuart Mills

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.
— Douglas Jerrold

Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.
— J. Petit Senn

Retirement is the beginning of life — not the end.
— from
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free 

The answer to having a better life is not about getting a better life, it's just about changing how we see the one we have right now.
— Angel Kyodo Williams

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.
— John Stuart Mill

If a man has important work, and enough leisure and income to enable him to do it properly, he is in possession of as much happiness as is good for any of the children of Adam.
— Richard Henry Tawney

If you believe that happiness can be bought, then why don't you try selling some of yours?
— from the international bestseller How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

Just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now, and then got it back.
— Unknown wise person

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
— James Oppenheim

When one door of happiness closes, another opens;
But often we look so long at the closed door, that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
— Helen Keller

Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own;
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.
— John Dryden

Happiness is not something ready made Buddha can give you. It comes from your own actions.
— The Dalai Lama 

More Quotes about Happiness in Retirement

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Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good; exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy; but my friend, these I reckon will give you a good lift.
— Abraham Lincoln 

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
— Bertrand Russell

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

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
— Aristotle

There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
— Denis Diderot

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
— Margaret Lee Runbeck

The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you are really happy — not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy.
— Joseph Campbell

Some pursue happiness — others create it.
— Unknown wise person

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
— Guillaume Apollinaire

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
— Mohandas K. Gandhi

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
— Norman MacEwan:

Independence is happiness.
— Susan B. Anthony

Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second — and best — in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having had a good night's sleep and not being hurt by new shoes.
— Theodor Fontane

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
— Bertrand Russell

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
— Ernest Hemingway

Happiness doesn't care how you get there.
— From the book 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting

Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.
— Don Herold

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.
— Madeleine L'Engle

Except for an occasional heart attack I feel as young as I ever did.
— Robert Benchley

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.
— John Barrymore

I look at what I have not and think myself unhappy;
Others look at what I have and think me happy.
— Joseph Roux

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.
— Taisen Deshimaru

The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
— Allan K. Chalmers

Happiness: We rarely feel it.
I would buy it, beg it, steal it,
Pay in coins of dripping blood
For this one transcendent good.
— Amy Lowell

Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient
— Aristotle

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
— George Burns

I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap.
— Bob Hope

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Retiring is easy. Creating happiness in retirement, however — now that is the harder part of a successful retirement!

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Retirement Questions?

  • Once you retire, what are you going to do about your identity that is so dependent on work?
  • How will you relate to your relatives and friends who are still working while you are living the life of an aristocrat, sometimes known as "The Life of Riley"?  
  • What will you do with your new-found leisure time if you have never learned how to enjoy leisure activities? 

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