You spend the majority of your life working hard and saving money for that moment when you no longer have to worry about setting an alarm for the next day — retirement!

The idea of finally having the time to enjoy everything you’ve postponed for years sounds great. Yet you know what they say, old habits die hard, and some people find it difficult to adjust to this new phase of their life.

They’ve probably developed a routine over the last 30 years and their job meant everything to them. But no matter how much you loved your job, you can still find new and exciting activities to fulfill you. There’s so much more to life than working for a paycheck. You should see your retirement as an opportunity to take a step back and take pride in everything you’ve accomplished.

For many, the word ‘retirement’ automatically brings up to mind an image of a happy grandparent reading a story to their grandkids. For others it means traveling the world worry-free, gardening or simply enjoying everything they’ve ignored due to their busy schedule. Whatever that image is, it should be about happiness.

Here are 25 retirement quotes for the next phase of your life:

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

Retirement’s the most wonderful thing. I get to enjoy all the things I never stopped to notice on the way up. After an extraordinary life, it’s time to enjoy my retirement.

PATRICK MACNEE

Retirement: That’s when you return from work one day and say, Hi, Honey, I’m home forever.

GENE PERRET

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

C.S. LEWIS (more C. S. Lewis quotes)

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

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

MARK TWAIN (more Mark Twain quotes)

Living each day as if it were your last doesn’t mean your last day of retirement on a remote island. It means to live fully, authentically and spontaneously with nothing being held back.

JACK CANFIELD

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, a time to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, where you want to do it and how you want to do it.

CATHERINE PULSIFER

Don’t act your age in retirement. Act like the inner young person you have always been.

J. A. WEST

Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.

HARRY EMERSON FOSDICK

Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different.

PATRICK FOLEY

There’s one thing I always wanted to do before I quit… retire!

GROUCHO MARX

Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.

FRED ROGERS (more Mr. Rogers quotes)

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

For retirement brings repose, and repose allows a kindly judgment of all things.

JOHN SHARP WILLIAMS

You don’t stop laughing when you grow old. You grow old when you stop laughing.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

I SEE RETIREMENT AS JUST ANOTHER OF THESE REINVENTIONS, ANOTHER CHANCE TO DO NEW THINGS AND BE A NEW VERSION OF MYSELF.

WALT MOSSBERG

Retire from work, but not from life.

M. K. SONI

NOW, GOING FORWARD, CAN BE THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR LIFE, WHEN IT ALL COMES TOGETHER YOUR EXPERIENCE, WISDOM, AND SUCCESSES.  

MICHAEL JEANS

For many, retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater freedom.

ROBERT DELAMONTAGUE

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON (more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes)

AND IN THE END IT’S NOT THE YEARS IN YOUR LIFE THAT COUNT. IT’S THE LIFE IN YOUR YEARS.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (more Abraham Lincoln quotes)

Retirement is a new beginning, and that means closing the book on one chapter in order to begin the next.

SID MIRAMONTES

As in all successful ventures, the foundation of a good retirement is planning.

EARL NIGHTINGALE