Quotations About / On: RETIREMENT

  • 1.
    Retirement is a one-way trip to insignificance.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 2.
    In retirement, only money and symptoms are consequential.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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    I have now the gloomy prospect of retiring from office loaded with serious debts, which will materially affect the tranquility of my retirement.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, January 5, 1808, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 317, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)
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  • 4.
    In retirement, I look for days off from my days off.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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    At retirement, switching from "I must" to "I want" leaves me puzzled and uneasy.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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    Retirement requires the invention of a new hedonism, not a return to the hedonism of youth.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 7.
    People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels when they reach "retirement" age seem very admirable to me.
    (Helen Hayes (1900-1993), U.S. actor. My Life in Three Acts, ch. 19 (1990). Hayes was an actor from age five until into her seventies, and thereafter a speaker and an activist on behalf of the elderly. She also wrote, with assistance, four volumes of memoirs; this was her last.)
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  • 8.
    Keep the town for occasions, but the habits should be formed in retirement.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 9.
    ‘We keep on avoiding the reality of the end of our lives that we even postpone planning for retirement and for any other eventuality.' Niki Nkuna
    (We tend to live for now as if we won't grow old)
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  • 10.
    He who comes into Assemblies only to gratifie his Curiosity, and not to make a Figure, enjoys the Pleasures of Retirement in a[n] ...exquisite Degree.
    (Richard Steele (1672-1729), British author. The Spectator, No. 4 (1711).)
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