Sample Retirement Quotes and Wishes

When someone closes the door on a career and opens the door to retirement, it’s time to celebrate. The words you choose to cheer someone on as they embrace this next step are important, which is why it’s so vital to choose your wording carefully. A sweet sentiment, a bit of good humor, or a shared memory are all great starting points when considering retirement quotes and wishes.

Retirement Quotes for Women

When an important woman in your life retires, it’s the perfect time for you to show your appreciation. Consider these quotes for that lovely lady:

  • "As you embark on the exciting journey into retirement, you will experience a transition that will be both thrilling and terrifying.”  - Olivia Greenwell.
  • "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." - Sara Yogev.

Retirement Quotes for Men

Send a man on the brink of retirement forward with enthusiasm with this inspiring retirement quote:

  • "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.

Retirement Wording for a Friend

When your nearest and dearest heads toward retirement, your words matter. Why not send them off with warmth? Let this simple message by Danielle Duckery inspire your message:

  • "Stay young at heart, kind in spirit, and enjoy retirement living."

Quotes for Coworkers

It’s hard to lose a member of your work team, but your well-wishes and these quotes for your retiring coworker will make all the difference.

  • "As this chapter of your life ends, may a new and exceptional one begin." 
  • "After climbing the mountain, You can finally enjoy the view."

Retirement Quotes for a Boss

When your leader retires, it can often leave a void in the workplace. It’s hard to imagine what your company might look like beyond your boss. Share your appreciation for the time your boss has given to your company with these inspirational retirement quotes.

  • I see retirement as just another of these reinventions, another chance to do new things, and be a new version of myself.” - Walt Mossberg

Or consider these wise words from Howard Salzman.

  • Retirement is not a time to sleep, but a time to awaken to the beauty of the world around you.”

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