Skip to content

50 Retirement Quotes to Say "Thank You" For a Job Well Done

“What do you call a person who is happy on Monday? Retired.”

Reaching retirement is one of life's greatest accomplishments. Regardless of your thoughts on aging, getting to this point means you can finally focus on you. Want to live a life abroad? There's no one to stop you! Want to adopt a new puppy? There's no need to worry if you have enough PTO. Now that you're retired, life is yours for the taking—and there are no CEOs, email chains, or late nights at the office to stop you. To help you celebrate this monumental feat, we've rounded up the best retirement wishes. These retirement quotes will help you say "thank you" to a colleague for a job well done.

  1. "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
  2. "Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway." — Unknown
  3. "Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. " — Will Rogers
  4. "Retirement, a time to enjoy all the things you never had time to do when you worked." — Catherine Pulsifer
  5. "Retirement means doing whatever I want to do. It means choice." — Dianne Nahirny
  6. "Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." — Fred Rogers
  7. "For many, retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater freedom." — Robert Delamontague
  8. "The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." — Vince Lombardi
  9. "Don't act your age in retirement. Act like the inner young person you have always been." — J. A. West
  10. "Stay young at heart, kind in spirit, and enjoy retirement living." — Danielle Duckery
  11. "You have to put off being young until you can retire." — Author Unknown
  12. "What do you call a person who is happy on Monday? Retired." — Unknown
  13. "You can't retire from being great." — Unknown
  14. "I can't wait to retire so I can get up at 6 o'clock in the morning and go drive around really slow and make everybody late for work." — Unknown
  15. "In your retirement years never drink coffee at lunch; it will keep you aware in the afternoon." — Unknown
  16.  "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
  17. "Retirement: World's longest coffee break." — Unknown
  18. "You are a person I really admire, because you are a person who gets to retire." — Unknown
  19. "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want." — Bill Watterson
  20.  "As in all successful ventures, the foundation of a good retirement is planning." — Earl Nightingale
  21. "I found out 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
  22.  "I'm not just retiring from the company, I'm also retiring from my stress, my commute,
    my alarm clock, and my iron." — Hartman Jule
  23. "Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different." — Patrick Foley
  24. "Retirement gives you the time literally to recreate yourself through a sport, game, or hobby that you always wanted to try or that you haven't done in years." — Steven D. Price
  25. "Retirement is a new beginning, and that means closing the book on one chapter in order to begin the next." — Sid Miramontes
  26. "We work all our lives so we can retire – so we can do what we want with our time – and the way we define or spend our time defines who we are and what we value." — Bruce Linton
  27. "Retirement is …. a time to experience a fulfilling life derived from many enjoyable and rewarding activities." — Ernie J. Zelinsk
  28. " . . . there is an exciting world of possibilities out there that very few of us get the chance to explore during our working lives, but retirement is that time!" — Stella Rheingold
  29. "Retirement is not a life without purpose; it is the on-going purpose that provides meaningfulless." — Robert Rivers
  30. "On the positive side, retirement can be an opportunity to enjoy life in a new way, the right to stop work and do the 1,001 things you've always wanted to do but never had time for, and a chance to give yourself over to new challenges and adventures." — Sara Yogev
  31. "Just because you are getting older and have retired doesn't mean that you should have less confidence in your abilities. Think about the experience and knowledge that you have gained by all the years you have worked!" — Theodore W. Higginsworth
  32. "For many, retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater personal freedom." — Robert Delamontagne
  33. "To some of us, retirement gives us time to follow our dreams." — Shirley Mitchell
  34. "Retire from your job but never from meaningful projects." — Stephen R. Covey
  35. "The key to retirement is to find joy in the little things." — Susan Miller
  36. "Hey buddy, do you need any help to spend your free time now?" — Unknown
  37. "Retirement: That's when you return from work one day and say, "Hi, honey, I'm home – forever." — Gene Perret
  38. "A retired husband is often a wife's full-time job." — Ella Harris
  39. "My parents didn't want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty and that's the law." — Jerry Seinfeld
  40. "I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So, I do it three or four times a day." — Gene Perret
  41. "Working people have a lot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work." — Clarence Darrow
  42. "Retirement life is different because there is no set routine. You are able to let the day unfold as it should. Enjoy, be happy and live each day." — Suzanne Steel
  43. "As your life changes, it takes time to recalibrate, to find your values again. You might also find that retirement is the time when you stretch out and find your potential." — Sid Miramontes
  44. "Retire from work, but not from life." — M.K. Soni
  45. "Retire the word 'retirement' from your vocabulary. Look it up: it means to 'withdraw' or 'retreat.' Words can shape reality, and it's time for this one to go. Doesn't 'renaissance' or 'graduation' or 'transition' better describe your post-career life?" — Marika Stone
  46. "Happy days are here, at last, the days of nine to five are passed, you've worked your life and paid your dues, now you can do just what you choose!" — Unknown
  47. "The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off." — Abe Lemons
  48. "Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun." — Jim Bishop
  49. "The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does." — Unknown
  50. "Have you ever been out for a late autumn walk in the closing partof the afternoon, and suddenly looked up to realize that the leaves have practically all gone? And the sun has set and the day gone before you knew it â€" and with that a cold wind blows across the landscape? That's retirement." — Stephen Leacock

To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, click here to follow us on Instagram!

Filed Under