Please find on this page a selection of my favourite quotes grouped into the catagories, money, health, retirement, the journey, and last but not least work. Use the buttons below to navigate to each section. I’d also love to know what your favourite quotes are, please share in the comment box.


When asked what surprised him about humanity the most, the Dalai Lama replied:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

“I’ve crunched the numbers in your retirement account. It’s time to figure out who will be wearing the mask and who will be driving the getaway car.” – Unknown financial advisor

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“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” – John Ruskin

“I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.” – Bette Davis

“As for me, except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did.” – Robert Benchley

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The Journey

“You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

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

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

“Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.” -Arthur E. Morgan

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

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

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

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

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” – Anne Bradstreet

“I can’t wait to retire so I can get up at 6 a.m. and drive around real slow and make everybody late for work.” – Unknown

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“I’m retired – goodbye tension!” – Unknown

“Retire from work, but not from life.” -M.K. Soni

“Sooner or later I’m going to die, but I’m not going to retire.” – Margaret Mead

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

“Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time.” – Bernard Baruch

“You can’t put off being young until you retire.” – Philip Larkin

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

“Retirement: That’s when you return from work one day and say, “Hi, Honey, I’m home — forever.” – Gene Perret

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

“Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway.”  – Unknown

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

“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

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

“Time spent in laughter when one is retired is well invested.” – Unknown

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

“There’s one thing I always wanted to do before I quit . . . . retire!” – Groucho Marx

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

“My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it. I’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh – anything but work.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“I have never liked working. To me, a job is an invasion of privacy.” –Danny McGoorty

“My retirement plan is to get thrown into a minimum security prison in Hawaii.” –Julius Sharpe

“I find the biggest trouble with having nothing to do is you can’t tell when you’re done.” –Unknown

“When a professional golfer retires, what does he retire to?” – Evan Esar

“When you retire, you switch bosses — from the one who hired you to the one who married you.” –Unknown

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