Cool Quote & Retirement Message Ideas

Retirement is full of new activities, experiences, and anticipations! And it may mean something different for everyone.

So, if you’re planning a retirement party of giving a retirement gift or retirement card with a special message, we have dozens of quotes of all kinds.

How about… happiness, success, experience, aging, imagination, change, humor, health … and lots more. You can use these for meaningful or humorous retirement advice, or something uplifting for elderly issues loved ones may be experiencing.

We’ve assembled a nice collection of retirement message quotes, as well as for inspirational, birthday, anniversary. They’ll be especially great for making your own greeting cards, posters, flyers, or to use with special artwork and gifts. Perhaps you may want to include something personal and extra in a card you already have.

Or if you need a retirement message for a speech or party, look at this variety. (And you might like to check out our page on Get Fun Elderly Activities — you can have a party theme within a party!)

You will see many famous people represented, and some you may not know, in this page of fun quotes and retirement message ideas. So, use your own imagination to put them to use! We have also mentioned a few important books that the elderly can read. You can find them below the quotes in each category.

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Retirement Message Categories

Retirement & Work – Retirement Message or Quote

Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them. – Louis Armstrong

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

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

If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves. – Lane Kirkland

People forget how fast you did a job – but they remember how well you did it. – Howard Newton

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

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

There are an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job. – Peter Drucker

People may live as much as retired from the world as they like, but sooner or later they find themselves debtor or creditor to someone. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

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

Work is love made visible. – Kahlil Gibran

Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did. – Malcolm Forbes

If I choose to devote myself to certain labors which yield more real profit, though with little money, they may be inclined to look at me as an idler. – Henry David Thoreau

Success & Experience – Retirement Message or Quote

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. – Dale Carnegie

How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten? – Logan P. Smith

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it. – C. Fields

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it. – Jonathan Winters

Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it. – Sam Ewing

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the brick’s others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley

Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil. – Paul Getty

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. – Niels Bohr, physicist

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. = Aldous Huxley

Enjoyment & Happiness – Retirement Message or Quote

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another. – Anatole France

We’ve put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it. – Frank Howard Clark

For in the dew of little things, the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. – Kahlil Gibran

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

An optimist is the human personification of spring. – Susan J. Bissonette

Health – Retirement Message or Quote

So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then must spend their wealth to regain their health. – A.J. Reb Materi

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not. – Mark Twain

Eat a few suppers, and you’ll need a few medicines. – Ben Franklin

The greatest wealth is health. – Virgil

Aging – Retirement Message or Quote

The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion. – Doris Lessing

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. – Kurt Vonnegut

I don’t believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates. – S. Eliot

Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form. – Andre Maurois

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey’s end. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards. – Lewis Carroll

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting. – Author Unknown

It takes a long time to become young. – Pablo Picasso

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

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? – Satchel Paige

Like many women my age, I am 28 years old. – Mary Schmich

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as a spectator. – Confucius

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

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Mark Twain

Attitude & Character – Retirement Message or Quote

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. – James Branch Cabell

What you are will show in what you do. – Thomas Edison

Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. – Lois McMaster Bujold

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents. – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. – Abraham Lincoln

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that. – Lauren Bacall

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships. – Abraham Lincoln

Education is the progressive discovery of our ignorance. – Will Durant

Life is too short to do anything for oneself that one can pay others to do for one. – Somerset Maugham

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. – Henry Ford

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler. – Albert Einstein

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter. – William Ralph Inge


An old man and his thoughts

Money & Wealth – Retirement Message or Quote

I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart. – e e cummings

There are people who have money and people who are rich. – Coco Chanel

It’s better to live rich than to die rich. – Henry David Thoreau

We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs. – Gloria Steinem

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair. – Sam Ewing

That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest. – Henry David Thoreau

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. – Mark Twain

Our true wealth is the good we do in this world. None of us has faith unless we desire for our neighbors what we desire for ourselves. – Mohammed

The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money. – Author Unknown

Change & Opportunity – Retirement Message or Quote

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. – Benjamin Franklin

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death. – James F. Byrnes

They always say time changes things, but you must change them yourself. – Andy Warhol

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. – Nelson Mandela

To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. – Helen Keller

A great wind is blowing and that gives you either imagination or a headache. – Catherine the Great

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. – Anatole France

Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door. – Emily Dickinson

Opportunity dances with those who are ready on the dance floor. – Jackson Brown, Jr.

Life is not anything, but an opportunity for something. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents. – Eric Hoffer

Retirement is a beautiful time

Imagination & Thinking – Retirement Message or Quote

Imagination is more important than Knowledge. – Albert Einstein

To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all. – Anatole France

Imagination rules the world. – Napoleon Bonaparte

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. – Robert Fritz

All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. – Orison Swett Marden

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high, and we miss it, but that it is too low, and we reach it. – Michelangelo

Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were, and I say, “Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. – Ben Stein

Trust that little voice in your head that says “Wouldn’t it be interesting if…”; And then do it. – Duane Michals

Beware what you set your heart upon. For it shall surely be yours. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

…yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow are today’s dream. – Kahlil Gibran

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. – Michelangelo

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. – George S. Patton

Retirement is a beautiful time to think

Nomadland is an imaginative book that takes the creative aspect to give readers a unique image of how to survive America. The book has been so famous that it is soon expected to be turned into a film as well. This one book is completely scorching, beautifully written, vivid, and disturbing at the same time.

The book takes the tale of the dark side of the American Economy, a perfect read for those that have retired. It also celebrates the excellence of those Americans that have kept their hopes high in dark circumstances. Go ahead and read it, you will surely enjoy it.

Be sure to share a quote or retirement message with friends and family. They have many uses for many occasions! Besides our retirement message page, we have many more retirement ideas. Including all about finding a hobby.