Retirement sentiments are often shared in cards, with gifts, and at retirement parties.
If you or someone you know is on the brink of retirement, then a celebration is certainly in order! For many, the thought of retirement is bittersweet, saying goodbye to co-workers and saying hello to a newfound freedom. Whether you are planning a retirement party or looking for the perfect gift, retirement sentiments echo your feelings of hope for the future. Some sentiments are serious, while others are fun. Some may have been uttered by famous people, while others may simply be anonymous.
However, the end result is the same; wishing others a wonderful journey as they head toward another one of life's milestones.
Miscellaneous Retirement Sentiments
The following is a selection of retirement sentiments, the authors of which are unknown.
As a Chapter Closes
As a chapter closes
in your life
And a new one
starts for you,
May your years
with all the things
you're looking forward to!
Retiring is Not How
Retiring is not how
I would describe you.
I have a feeling that
it is the beginning of another
exciting chapter in your life.
Whatever retirement means to you,
may it bring greater
than you ever thought possible
Traditional Irish Blessing
May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
- "A man is known by the company that keeps him on after retirement age."-Author unknown
- "The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does."-Author unknown
Sentiments from Famous People
Quotes from famous people are often used at retirement celebrations. The following are just a few popular retirement-themed quotes.
- "Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything."-William Shakespeare
- "Choose a work that you love and you won't have to work another day."-Confucius
- "Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire."-Margaret Mead
- "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
- "The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender."-Vince Lombardi
- "Retirement at 65 is ridiculous. When I was 65 I still had pimples."-George Burns
- "In this country, men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when they retire."-Charles Francis Adams
- "Retirement is the ugliest word in the language."-Ernest Hemingway
- "When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income."-
Chi Chi Rodriguez
- "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
- "Another good thing about being poor is that when you are 70. your children will not have declared you legally insane in order to gain control of your estate."-Woody Allen
- "The question isn't at what age I want to retire, it's at what income."-George Foreman
- "You can be young without money but you can't be old without it."-Tennessee Williams
- "Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save."-Will Rogers
- "You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there."-George Burns
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