54 Quotes On Aging And Retirement

54 Quotes on Aging and Retirement

Retirement is not the end of the road, but a new beginning. Here are 54 retirement inspirational quotes and words of wisdom to keep you motivated in this new stage of life.

Updated on Nov 21 2019


You’ve worked hard to retire, but now that you’re on the cusp of it, it’s common to feel lost or without a sense of purpose. There are ways to help you prepare–like reading the top retirement planning books or identifying if you need help with finances–though it can still feel overwhelming.

To help you ease into retirement, we’ve compiled a list of 54 quotes on retirement and aging. Remember, retirement is not the end of the road, it’s a new beginning.

“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” - David Bowie

“Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” - Betty Friedan

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

“Instead of saving for someone else’s college education, I’m currently saving for a luxury retirement community replete with golf carts and handsome young male nurses who love butterscotch.” - Jen Kirkman

“I have never liked working. To me, a job is an invasion of privacy.” - Unknown

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

“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

“Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway.” - “Don’t act your age in retirement. Act like the inner young person you have always been.” - J.A. West

“Working people have a lot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work.” - Clarence Darrow

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

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

“We don’t grow older, we grow riper” - Pablo Picasso

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

“You are a person I really admire, because you are a person who gets to retire.” - Unknown

“I see retirement as just another of these reinventions, another chance to do new things and be a new version of myself.” - Walt Mossberg

“Remember, what does ‘retirement’ mean? It doesn’t mean that you’re a couch potato. Leisure is not the same thing as rest. If you’re bicycling five miles a day, that’s leisure, but it certainly takes a lot of effort.” - Robert Fogel

“I’m happy in retirement.” - Greg Rusedski

“I found our 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

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

“You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream” - CS Lewis

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

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

“He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.” - Plato

“Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.” - Larry Lorenzoni

“Wrinkles only show where smiles have been.” - Mark Twain

“The more candles on my cake, the more exercise I get blowing them out.” - Donna Lynn Hope

“I’m not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You’re as old as you feel.” - Unknown

“Age holds absolutely no fear for me. There is so much enjoyment ahead.” - Penelope Cruz

“I know for sure that by owning who and what you are, you can step into the fullness of life.” - Oprah Winfrey

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” - Satchel Paige

“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.” - Chili Davis

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

“Youth has no age.” - Pablo Picasso

“Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different.” - Patrick Foley

“There is a whole new kind of life ahead, full of experiences just waiting to happen. Some call it retirement. I call it bliss.” - Betty Sullivan

“You have to put off being young until you retire.” - Unknown

“What do you call someone who’s happy on Mondays? Retired!” - Unknown

“Retirement itself is the best gift. No gold watch could ever top it.” - Abigail Charleson

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

“You’re retired–goodbye tension, hello pension!” - Unknown

“Retirement is not a life without purpose; it is the ongoing purpose that provides meaningfulness.” - Robert Rivers

“What does retirement mean now that there are so many opportunities for learning, for caring, for serving? We can redefine aging.” - Rachel Cowan

“To some of us, retirement gives us time to follow our dreams.” - Shirley Mitchell

“As in all successful ventures, the foundation of a good retirement is planning.” - Earl Nightingale

“The key to retirement is to find joy in the little things.” - Susan Miller

“My formula for a treasured retirement is simple: plan, design, enjoy.” - Julia Valentine

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” - Fred Rogers

“Stay young at heart, kind in spirit, and enjoy retirement living.” - Danielle Duckery

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

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

“Retirement is when having a good time is your only job.” - Unknown

“I’m gonna make the rest of my life, the best of my life!” - Unknown

“The purpose of retirement is not simply to exist, to simply survive, but to elevate oneself in life, to have a purpose, to achieve, and to conquer new horizons.” - Dave Erhard

“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Waterson

If the prospect of retirement is still making you anxious, a financial advisor can help you ease into retirement with a solid knowledge foundation about your finances.

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