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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. J. Lubbock

Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun. Jim Bishop

Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty. Harry Vardon

There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want. Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

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





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

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The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off. Abe Lemons

When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income. Chi Chi Rodriguez

A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job. Ella Harris

Retired is being twice tired, I’ve thought
First tired of working,
Then tired of not.
~Richard Armour

Retirement: It’s nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese. Gene Perret

Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it. Bernard Baruch

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The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off. Abe Lemons

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles. Doug Larson

Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work. Author Unknown

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Choose a work that you love and you won’t have to work another day. Confucius

When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch.  R.C. Sherriff

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I’m retired — goodbye tension, hello pension! Author Unknown

Retirement: World’s longest coffee break. Author Unknown

O, blest retirement! friend to life’s decline –
How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these,
A youth of labor with an age of ease!
Oliver Goldsmith

Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work.  Author Unknown

Life begins at retirement.  Author Unknown

A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, as its recipients have given up so many of their golden hours in a lifetime of service. Terri Guillemets

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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

Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money. Jonathan Clements

Money is something you got to make in case you don’t die. Max Asnas

It is time I stepped aside for a less experienced and less able man. Scott Elledge

There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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Retirement can be a great joy if you can figure out how to spend time without spending money. Author Unknown

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.  Doug Larson

Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.  Gene Perret

There are some who start their retirement long before they stop working. Robert Half

“Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me,” Hartman said in sudden seriousness. “I never had the time before to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife, the tree outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself.” Terri Guillemets

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time.  John Lubbock, “Recreation,” The Use of Life, 1894

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Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your children will not have declared you legally insane in order to gain control of your estate. Woody Allen

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



The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income. George Foreman

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

Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses. Cato

There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.  Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

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When you retire, think and act as if you were still working; when you’re still working, think and act a bit as if you were already retired.  Author Unknown

The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income. George Foreman

“Yes,” he laughed, “I’ve been attending lots of seminars in my retirement. They’re called naps.” Terri Guillemets

Retirement means no pressure, no stress, no heartache… unless you play golf. Gene Perret

Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun. Jim Bishop

When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking. Gail Sheehy

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It is better to live rich than to die rich. Samuel Johnson

Not having to worry about money is almost like not having to worry about dying. Mario Puzo

You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it. Tennessee Williams

You have to put off being young until you can retire. Author Unknown

When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch. R.C. Sherriff

When you retire, you switch bosses — from the one who hired you to the one who married you.  Gene Perret

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Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty. Harry Vardon

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

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

I’m now as free as the breeze — with roughly the same income. Gene Perret

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? You hadn’t realized it. And you notice that the sun has set already, the day gone before you knew it — and with that a cold wind blows across the landscape. That’s retirement. Stephen Leacock

First you forget names; then you forget faces; then you forget to zip up your fly; and then you forget to unzip your fly.  Branch Rickey

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Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. Will Rogers

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life. Kitty O’Neill Collins

Something pretty… that’s just the surface. People worry so much about aging, but you look younger if you don’t worry about it. Jeanne Moreau

It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone. Andy Rooney

Retired is being twice tired, I’ve thought first tired of working, then tired of not. Richard Armour

The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can’t see him laughing. Phyllis Diller

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Retirement is like a long vacation in Vegas. The goal is to enjoy these years to the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money. Jonathan Clements, “Playing the Right Cards For a Long Retirement,” The Wall Street Journal, November 1999

I try to treat each evening and weekend as little slices of retirement because no one is guaranteed a lengthy one at the end of their career.  Mike Hammar

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

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. Ogden Nash

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.  Herbert Asquith

Retirement is the ugliest word in the language. Ernest Hemingway

Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.  William Wordsworth

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.  Will Rogers, Autobiography, 1949

The thing to do is to make so much money that you don’t have to work after the age of twenty-seven. In case this is impracticable, stop work at the earliest possible moment, even if it is at a quarter past eleven on the morning of the day when you find you do have enough money. Robert Benchley

I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day.  Gene Perret

In retirement, every day is Boss Day and every day is Employee Appreciation Day. Terri Guillemets

Retirement without the love of letters is a living burial.  Seneca

In my retirement I go for a short swim at least once or twice every day. It’s either that or buy a new golf ball. Gene Perret

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if retirement is a reward for a lifetime of hard work or a punishment.  Terri Guillemets