Top 146 Retirement Quotes

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“Considering retirement is like skirting with the reality of what’s to come, and I think that’s why so many athletes decide to do more introspection at that point.”

― Abby Wambach

“I guess I don’t really believe in retirement. I believe in shorter days and maybe in weekends!”

― Alice Waters

“At some point, it comes to an end regardless, however it comes, whether it is retirement or injury; at some point, it comes to an end.”

― Allen Iverson

“I am going to retire, and it is going to be a permanent retirement.”

― Art Bell

“The decision to incentivise savings for pension funds augurs well for infrastructure financing and retirement planning.”

― Arundhati Bhattacharya

“I was a stock broker once. I think there is an absolute place for market investments. But they should never be the basis of one’s retirement. They should be an additional piece on top of a basic, secure, guaranteed retirement benefit.”

― Barbara Boxer

“Especially if you’re over 40, shortening the term of your loan to pay it off sooner could make you mortgage-free in retirement.”

― Barbara Corcoran

“’Returnless risk’ is not how you prepare for a decent retirement.”

― Barry Ritholtz

“I like retirement.”

― Barry Sanders

“We know what’s in our Cheerios and in our retirement accounts because the law requires disclosure.”

― Barton Gellman

“Maybe forced retirement isn’t necessary after all.”

― Ben Stiller

“Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren’t going to get rid of me that way.”

― Betty White

“I’m not philosophically opposed to raising the retirement age… I accept the fact that I may have to raise my retirement age for that.”

― Bill Flores

“Voters should be assured that I absolutely do not support raising the retirement age for Social Security.”

― Bill Flores

“I am philosophically opposed to raising the retirement age. I misspoke and said I was not philosophically opposed.”

― Bill Flores

“Anyone with a pension or retirement is an investor in the stock market.”

― Brad Katsuyama

“In spite of reports about playing with various teams, I’m enjoying retirement with my family and have no plans to play football.”

― Brett Favre

“I don’t need to have a retirement, retire your jersey, all that stuff to solidify my career.”

― Brett Favre

“Our government works should be treated fairly and appropriately; they should have a decent retirement, but not a gold-plated system where they can retire multimillionaires in their 50s.”

― Bruce Rauner

“Our government workers should be treated fairly and appropriately. They should have a decent retirement, but not a gold-plated system where they can retire multimillionaires in their 50s.”

― Bruce Rauner

“For now I’m building up stories for the retirement home!”

― Carol Vorderman

“You can never have the comeback if you don’t have the retirement.”

― Chael Sonnen

“In surveys, many borrowers say reverse mortgages have improved their lives and provided money they needed for retirement.”

― Charles Duhigg

“I’m still learning more about myself and my situation and really, off the court, how to function there, because I’m kind of getting the taste of retirement now.”

― Chris Bosh

“I don’t disagree with ending Congress’ retirement program. I’m a governor; I don’t have a retirement program in my state, and I don’t disagree with that.”

― Chris Christie

“I enjoyed retirement the right way… linguine con vongole, red wine and plenty of truffle cheese.”

― Craig Kilborn

“I’m having a really hard time with this retirement thing and not having wrestling.”

― Daniel Bryan

“I’ve enjoyed my retirement.”

― Darrell Royal

“The rolling contract was designed to specifically take away some of that retirement talk and retirement issue.”

― David Gill

“It used to be 65 when you went into retirement. Before that, when you got into your 50s, you were getting older.”

― Davy Jones

“Social Security makes up a much larger share of total retirement income for unmarried women and minorities than it does for married couples, unmarried men and whites.”

― Diane Watson

“I’m always announcing my retirement. I’m still not retired.”

― Dick Van Dyke

“No retirement system in the world is as broken as ours.”

― Eduardo Bhatia

“I have to think about the possible ramifications of an early retirement.”

― Ehud Olmert

“While conventional wisdom has traditionally sided against borrowing from retirement savings, sentiment has shifted toward borrowing from one’s own assets with the realization that other forms of credit come at a much higher cost and often are not even available to borrowers with limited means and urgent needs.”

― Elaine Chao

“Overwhelming, student loan payments are holding millions back from buying homes, starting families, and saving for retirement.”

― Elise Stefanik

“Retirement from work has depressed many a man and hastened his death.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“I cannot imagine not working. I don’t understand the word ‘retirement.’”

― F. Murray Abraham

“For Conor McGregor, I’m coming out of retirement just to fight Conor McGregor.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“It’s amazing, it doesn’t feel like it has been 10 years since retirement.”

― Gabriela Sabatini

“The retirement age needs to be raised. A portion of Social Security ought to be privatized, if not all. And there probably needs to be some means testing. It’s a Ponzi scheme that’s not sustainable.”

― Gary Johnson

“Who knows whether in retirement I shall be tempted to the last infirmity of mundane minds, which is to write a book.”

― Geoffrey Fisher

“Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.”

― George Burns

“There is nothing wrong with athletes coming back from retirement.”

― George Vecsey

“During my four years as treasurer, we restructured our pension system, cutting the state’s unfunded liability almost by half and putting our retirement system on stronger footing.”

― Gina Raimondo

“Because Social Security is specifically designed to boost the retirement income of low earners with a progressive benefit formula, the program has played an enormous and necessary role in keeping Latinas out of poverty.”

― Grace Napolitano

“Almost half of all Latinas currently on Social Security rely exclusively on their benefit check in retirement.”

― Grace Napolitano

“There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement.”

― Greg Gianforte

“The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”

― Greg Gianforte

“I’m happy in retirement.”

― Greg Rusedski

“Spending should be transparent. All spending by the Pentagon should be online. Every check. Exceptions should be made for legitimate national security issues. But military and civilian pay and retirement benefits are not state secrets. This has already been done in many state governments.”

― Grover Norquist

“There’s a lot we can do to improve American’s retirement security, but it’s wrong to replace the guaranteed benefit that Americans have earned with a guaranteed benefit cut of forty percent or more.”

― Harry Reid

“The young come in many guises: vigorous and passionate, vindictive and mean-spirited. And not every person over 65 is dozing in a retirement home.”

― Howard Jacobson

“I think that retirement is the first step towards the grave.”

― Hugh Hefner

“The chief role of the universities is to prolong adolescence into middle age, at which point early retirement ensures that we lack the means or the will to enforce significant change.”

― J. G. Ballard

“I wanted to start a proper academy and recruit juniors from all over Pakistan following my retirement after the World Open in 1993 but there was no support.”

― Jahangir Khan

“Sean Penn has announced his retirement from acting about 72 times.”

― James Gray

“I’ve had wonderfully lucrative offers to do another network series. I could do that again and have a very luscious retirement.”

― James Woods

“Whether it’s fly-fishing, taking your camper to the Everglades, or just traveling, everyone has got a little retirement dream.”

― Jean Chatzky

“Wills are trumped by legal titles to real estate or beneficiary designations on financial accounts, retirement plans and insurance policies.”

― Jean Chatzky

“What if we thought of health and security in retirement as one basket?”

― Jeff Fortenberry

“I believe in financial retirement. I don’t necessarily believe in physical retirement.”

― Jerry Doyle

“There is only one ‘retirement plan’ for terrorists.”

― Jim Mattis

“Retirement is fatal. Luckily, in my profession, you don’t have to retire.”

― Joan Hickson

“The full retirement age is 67 and the lifespan is 80, so when they first conceived Social Security, they didn’t think they were going to be paying benefits for 13-15 years. That’s one of the reasons why this pyramid scheme isn’t working.”

― Joe Heck

“President Roosevelt, the author of Social Security, was the first to suggest that, in order to provide for the country’s retirement needs, Social Security would need to be supplemented by personal savings accounts.”

― John Doolittle

“Retirement is purgatory for the former sports star. The world outside organized sports is unforgiving.”

― John Gregory Dunne

“The pain of retirement means loss.”

― John Murray

“We shouldn’t be put out to pasture just because we’ve reached somebody’s idea of retirement, which was certainly happening in Australia, and I think elsewhere as well.”

― John Noble

“Germany, I think, was first to substitute a Social Security program for its elderly based on this premise, that is, that we would tax workers to pay retirement benefits for those retired.”

― John Shadegg

“I’m a little young for retirement.”

― Joni Mitchell

“I want that fifth championship. If that does not present itself, then I’m closer to retirement.”

― Juan Manuel Marquez

“Americans used to be able to depend on their jobs to provide a stable retirement.”

― Keith Ellison

“Well, we certainly need to raise the retirement age. I’ve told my 19-year-old and my 22-year-old that they’re not going to be getting retirement benefits at age 62.”

― Ken Buck

“We’ve got to make sure our younger workers understand that as life expectancy increases, the retirement date for benefits increases also.”

― Ken Buck

“Discriminatory wage practices undermine women’s ability to provide for their families and survive on a decent retirement income.”

― Kirsten Gillibrand

“Those who believe that after I have left the government as prime minister, I will go into a permanent retirement, really should have their heads examined.”

― Lee Kuan Yew

“We must ensure that every worker has healthcare and is able to save for their retirement. We must ensure that our workers have safe and health working conditions.”

― Leonard Boswell

“I never had the sense that there was an end: that there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot.”

― Leonard Cohen

“’Retirement’ is a dirty word. Luckily, I can carry on working until I drop, provided I retain my mental abilities.”

― Leslie Bricusse

“As I get older, it’s getting more frustrating because I’m starting to think about what I’m going to do after cycling, and I may be pushed to study alongside riding in order to prepare for retirement – all those things the professional blokes don’t really have to think about.”

― Lizzie Armitstead

“The No. 1 issue with women in this country is jobs, and the No. 2 issue is our national security. So, economic security, national security and retirement security.”

― Marsha Blackburn

“I agree that we must expand opportunities for retirement saving, but we must not undermine this worthy effort with a flawed privatization scheme that takes the ‘security’ out of Social Security.”

― Mary Landrieu

“A 401(k) is essentially a basket of mutual funds intended to help people save for retirement.”

― Mary Pilon

“IRAs are intended for retirement.”

― Max Baucus

“I’m not in retirement. I just don’t want to work so much, and I don’t get that many offers any more.”

― Max von Sydow

“I grew up in a retirement community in Florida.”

― Megan Boone

“I think the notion of retirement is just a dreadful, dreadful idea and I hope I never have to do that.”

― Michael Moritz

“Raising the traditional and early retirement ages will mean extending workers’ taxable earning years, fueling economic growth and putting a dent in our unfunded-liabilities crisis by delaying payouts.”

― Michelle Malkin

“Retirement has been wonderful.”

― Michelle McCool

“If Congress wants to mess with the retirement program, why don’t we let them start by changing their retirement program, and not have one, instead of talking about getting rid of Social Security and Medicare that was robbed $700 billion dollars to pay for Obamacare.”

― Mike Huckabee

“I’m not sure that too many Americans would choose the president to manage their retirement accounts.”

― Mike Pompeo

“Without Social Security benefits, more than 40 percent of Americans 65 years and older would live below the federal poverty line. Even more striking is that Social Security is the only source of retirement income for almost a quarter of elderly beneficiaries.”

― Mike Quigley

“I might be the first fighter who has ever been suspended after retirement.”

― Mirko Cro Cop

“A squirrel attacked me. I got attacked by a squirrel in Battersea Park. They’re dangerous. It’s rare. I’ve torn most of the ligaments in my knee. So no football for me. It’s early retirement now. I’ve got a floating knee-cap!”

― Niall Horan

“Errors in decision-making lead young people to under-save for retirement, doctors to miss tumours, CEOs to make catastrophic investments, governments to engage in needless wars, and parents to irreversibly traumatize their children.”

― Noreena Hertz

“You can imagine, if somebody’s approaching retirement, and all of a sudden the funds that he or she is depending on is depleted by 50% or however many, it gives them a sinking feeling in the pit of their stomach.”

― Pat Robertson

“I only work every couple of years. I go into retirement between films.”

― Paul Hogan

“Countries get one chance in history of putting into place a savings retirement scheme on the scale of the Australian superannuation system.”

― Paul Keating

“Unlike every other retirement vehicle, such as IRAs and 401(k)s, you receive a tax deduction for making contributions to your HSA but don’t have to pay income taxes on withdrawals.”

― Paul Zane Pilzer

“Of course, I’m sour that if (retirement) happens, I didn’t get to quit on my own terms.”

― Peter Forsberg

“If you’re not putting enough away for emergencies or retirement, making commitments in advance, such as signing up for payroll withholding, can help.”

― Richard Thaler

“Payroll savings plans are vital because they are essentially the only way that middle-class Americans reliably save for retirement.”

― Richard Thaler

“When employees are first eligible for a retirement savings plan, they should be enrolled unless they choose to opt out.”

― Richard Thaler

“A lot of the money in the stock market is really our national retirement plan, for better or worse.”

― Ron Chernow

“I’m dubious about having Social Security put into the stock market. I think that we have gotten very far away from the idea that there’s something sacrosanct about retirement investments.”

― Ron Chernow

“People just haven’t saved enough for retirement. And they’re going to outlive their money.”

― Sallie Krawcheck

“No, I don’t belong to a retirement community.”

― Sally Kellerman

“I’m conscious that there’s only a limited amount that I’ll get done before I get shuffled into retirement, but I certainly have no desire to retire.”

― Sam Neill

“Retirement security is often compared to a three-legged stool supported by Social Security, employer-provided pension funds, and private savings.”

― Sander Levin

“I need to retire from retirement.”

― Sandra Day O’Connor

“The great thing about show business is that there’s no mandatory retirement age.”

― Scott Bakula

“Well, today people have to be self-reliant if they want a secure retirement income.”

― Scott Cook

“The current institutionally provided retirement plans will not cover people’s needs upon retirement.”

― Scott Cook

“A whole generation of Americans will retire in poverty instead of prosperity, because they simply are not preparing for retirement now.”

― Scott Cook

“If anything could have pulled me out of retirement, it would have been an Indiana Jones film.”

― Sean Connery

“For me, being in retirement, it was just having the opportunity to watch other stuff and do different things.”

― Shawn Michaels

“It is a characteristic of potentates that they don’t succumb to peaceful retirement. Instead, they hold power in their hoary fists as judgment and grip weaken, destroying any successors except family members.”

― Simon Sebag Montefiore

“Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.”

― Simone de Beauvoir

“If only the majority of the wealthiest top 10 percent of Americans own stock directly – which does not include pension and retirement accounts – then the divide between rich and poor is likely to expand.”

― Stephen Moore

“Pension reforms, like investment advice and automatic enrollment, will strengthen the ability of Americans to save and invest for retirement.”

― Steve Bartlett

“I believe that social security should be a universal retirement guarantee and not means tested.”

― Steve Israel

“The President and I agree that Social Security needs to be preserved so that we can ensure that all Americans receive the retirement benefits they’ve been promised. But we disagree as to how best to fix the system.”

― Steve Israel

“The highest-income Americans don’t need tax-free health insurance, mortgage interest deductions or deferred taxation on retirement funds.”

― Steven Rattner

“My retirement, back in 1976, began as a one-year boycott to challenge the media on that question. I refused to return until the media, and radio stations in particular, got a hold on identifiably Canadian songs.”

― Stompin’ Tom Connors

“I don’t believe in retirement.”

― Stuart Rose

“Our government makes the simple promise of a secure retirement to every American who works for many years and contributes to our retirement benefit system.”

― Sue Kelly

“Social Security is the very foundation of retirement security for millions of Americans.”

― Sue Kelly

“If you pay off your mortgage before retirement, you take a huge financial load off your shoulders. You also become eligible to take out a reverse mortgage once you turn 62.”

― Suze Orman

“I love the Roth IRA. Tax-free income in retirement is a truly great deal.”

― Suze Orman

“Pay off your mortgage before retirement, and that’s one less bill you’ll have to worry about when you’re on a fixed income.”

― Suze Orman

“Americans are not saving enough for retirement.”

― Tammy Baldwin

“Those who want to cut Social Security are prepared to take hostages, manufacture crises, and use scare tactics to undermine the retirement security of Americans.”

― Ted Deutch

“Social Security is the only thing most Americans can count on to keep them out of poverty during retirement.”

― Ted Deutch

“For many older Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, a lifetime of discrimination has undermined their right to a retirement with dignity.”

― Ted Deutch

“’Retiring’ – within that word is ‘tiring,’ and I’m not tired. I don’t believe in retirement, really.”

― Theodore Bikel

“Workers are most likely to save for retirement if they have access to a workplace savings plan and are automatically enrolled in that plan.”

― Tom Perez

“Economically Targeted Investing, or ETI, refers to the practice of selecting investments, in part, for their collateral benefits in addition to the investment return for the retirement plan.”

― Tom Perez

“The retirement system that is in place for members of Congress and other federal workers features what is known as the Federal Employment Retirement Plan.”

― Virgil Goode

“We owe our public servants, from school teachers to state employees, a sustainable and well-funded retirement that they can count on.”

― Walker Stapleton

“I haven’t quite got the hang of this retirement thing.”

― Walter Cronkite

“Obviously, people with low or even moderate incomes could not afford such savings rates, and even diligent savings from their low wages would not be enough to pay for either retirement or healthcare.”

― William Greider

“To the hard-working people who set a little bit aside each month, to provide for their children, or to fund their own retirement, I say: you should be rewarded not punished.”

― William Hague

“The great increase in longevity has produced a surge in the desire to accumulate assets for retirement. It has outpaced the ability of the private sector to produce assets, so we need a larger government debt.”

― William Vickrey

“My first job after my retirement from baseball was as a narrator for the Eastman Philharmonica.”

― Willie Stargell

“Social Security not only helps Americans enjoy a secure retirement, it has also kept millions of Americans out of poverty.”

― Zoe Lofgren
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