Quotations The Best Quotes About Retirement  

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A list of the best retirement quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous retirement quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic retirement quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational retirement quotes from that same writer.

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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

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Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. William Shakespeare

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A person can stand almost anything except a succession of ordinary days. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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

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When some fellers decide to retire nobody knows the difference. Kin Hubbard

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A man is known by the company that keeps him on after retirement age.

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The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.

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Love prefers twilight to daylight.

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A short retirement urges a sweet return. John Milton

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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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Don't you stay at home of evenings? Don you love a cushioned seat in a corner, by the fireside, with your slippers on your feet?

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Retirement is the ugliest word in the language. Ernest Hemingway

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Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time. Malcolm Muggeridge

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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

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Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples. George Burns

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Lord Tyrawley and I have been dead these two years, but we don't choose to have it known.

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The worst of work nowadays is what happens to people when they cease to work. G. K. Chesterton

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As to that leisure evening of life, I must say that I do not want it. I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not to be the immediate parent. Anthony Trollope

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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

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Fear no more the heat o the sun, nor the furious winter's rages. Thou thy worldly task hast done, home art gone and taken thy wages. William Shakespeare

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Learn to live well, or fairly make your will; you played, and loved, and ate, and drunk your fill: walk sober off; before a sprightlier age comes tittering on, and shoves you from the stage: leave such to trifle with more grace and ease, whom Folly pleases, and whose Follies please. Alexander Pope

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We had no revolutions to fear, nor fatigues to undergo; all our adventures were by the fireside, and all our migrations from the blue bed to the brown. Oliver Goldsmith

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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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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