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).)
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.)
Singularity is only pardonable in old age and retirement; I may now be as singular as I please, but you may not.
(Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Apr. 5, 1754, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p. 78, London (1774).
Chesterfield was sixty at the time, and his son twenty-two.)