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The question isn't at what age I want to retire, it's at what income.” Wondering who said this? Find this and other retirement quotes below. Some will make you think, some might help inform your retirement planning journey — and a few may even make you smile.

"The question isn't at what age I want to retire, it's at what income."

— George Foreman

"In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count ... it’s the life in your years."

— Abraham Lincoln

"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me ... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful ... that's what matters to me."

— Steve Jobs

"Retire from work, but not from life."

— M.K. Soni

"You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing."

— George Bernard Shaw

"It is better to live rich than to die rich."

— Samuel Johns

"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."

— Muhammad Ali

" I'll always be disappointed I didn't win a championship, but there's a lot more to life as well. I lost the [last] battle, but I fought the battle. That's what matters most."

— Steve Nash, on retiring from the NBA

"So when they ask me why I want to leave the NFL at the age of 26, I tell them that I've greatly enjoyed my time, but I no longer wish to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment. I think about the rest of my life and I want to live it with much quality. And physically, I am grateful that I can walk away feeling as good as I did when I stepped into it. As for the question of what will I do now, with an entire life in front of me? I say to that, I will LIVE!"

— Rashard Mendenhall, after retiring from the NFL at age 26

"You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream."

— C. S. Lewis.

"I’ve always believed in the concept of retirement. I retired for the first time at age 18 … from school. To me, retirement means doing what you want to do without worrying about getting paid for it."

— Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong)

"Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it."

— Bernard Baruch

"Retirement itself is the best gift. No gold watch could ever top it."

— Abigail Charleson

"Retirement is a time to make the inner journey and come face to face with your flaws, failures, prejudices, and all the factors that generate thoughts of unhappiness. Retirement is not a time to sleep, but a time to awaken to the beauty of the world around you and the joy that comes when you cast out all the negative elements that cause confusion and turmoil in your mind and allow serenity to prevail."

— Howard Salzman


"Retire? I'm going to stay in show business until I'm the only one left."

— George Burns

"When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income."

— Chi Chi Rodriguez

"Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren't going to get rid of me that way."

— Betty White

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

— George Burns

"When you retire, you switch bosses – from the one who hired you to the one who married you."

— Gene Perret

"In retirement, only money and symptoms are consequential."

— Mason Cooley

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."

— Mark Twain


"When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch."

— R.C. Sherriff

"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time."

— Former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, commenting upon plans to retire from Microsoft

"Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses."

— Cato

"Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life."

— Kitty O'Neill Collins

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."

— Oscar Wilde

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