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And add to these retired Leisure,
That in trim gardens takes his pleasure. John Milton, Il Penseroso l49
What do you do when you retire? Hang about the allotment and moan about the Jews. Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, 2019 Review of the Year, BBC 2020
Maybe it’s time you considered that early retirement you talked about. I could take over the bar, and you could fly off into the great unknown never to return. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s4e8: Little Green Men, Rom to Quark
I’m retiring. Your mother and I are moving to Raisa. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s7e24: The Dogs of War, Grand Nagus to Quark
I’m retiring because there are more pleasant things to do than beat up people. Muhammad Ali, cited Roger Dawson, ‘Secrets of Power Persuasion for Salespeople’, 2003
I’m happy to be getting out. I mean, it’s been hell. Muhammad Ali, cited What’s My Name? HBO 2019
43% of Americans now have less than 10K saved for retirement. Celente & Schiff & Paul & Faber & Rogers & Woods, MeltUp: The Beginning of a US Currency Crisis
Retirement will become a thing of the past ... Social security won’t be there ... Retirees will soon be forced to re-enter the workforce. ibid.
We spend our lives on the run. We get up by the clock, eat and sleep by the clock, go to work by the clock, get up again, go to work – and then we retire. And what do they fucking give us? A clock. Dave Allen
I worked hard in gymnastics since the time I was six years old until I retired at 23 years of age. Nadia Comaneci
I was telling you I went down a coalmine the other day. We sank into a pit half a mile deep. We then walked underneath the mountain, and we did about three-quarters of a mile with rock and shale above us. The earth seemed to be straining around us and above us to crush us in.
You could see the pit-props bent and twisted and sundered until you saw their fibres split in resisting the pressure. Sometimes they give way, and then there is mutilation and death. Often a spark ignites: the whole pit is deluged in fire, and the breath of life is scorched out of hundreds of breasts by the consuming flame. In the very next colliery to the one I descended just a few years ago three hundred people lost their lives in that way. And yet when the Prime Minister and I knock at the door of these great landlords, and say to them: Here, you know, these poor fellows who have been digging up royalties at the risk of their lives, some of them are old, they have survived the perils of their trade, they are broken, they can earn no more. Won’t you give them something towards keeping them out of the workhouse? They scowl at us, and we say: Only a ha’penny, just a copper. They say: You thieves! And they turn their dogs on to us, and you can hear their bark every morning. If this is an indication of the view taken by these great landlords of their responsibility to the people who at the risk of life create their wealth, then I say their day of reckoning is at hand. Lloyd George, address Edinburgh Castle, Limehouse, London
I could well be content
To entertain the lag-end of my life
With quiet hours. William Shakespeare, I Henry V i 23
I don’t even think about a retirement program because I’m working for the Lord, for the Almighty. And even though the Lord’s pay isn’t very high, his retirement program is, you might say, out of this world. George Foreman
O, blest retirement! friend to life’s decline –
How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these,
A youth of labour with an age of ease! Oliver Goldsmith
Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it. Gene Perret
Retirement means no pressure, no stress, no heartache ... unless you play golf. Gene Perret
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
Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A A Milne
Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples. George Burns
Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap. Simone de Beauvoir
Retirement without the love of letters is a living burial. Seneca the Younger, A Little Book of Aphorisms
The sporting legend Michael Phelps of course who has announced his retirement from professional swinging ... Business News, BBC 5.44 a.m. 15th August 2016
Pensions: are we saving enough? Could you survive a week on your predicted pension? Are they too complicated? And what about those with little or no pension? Tonight: Pensions: Are You Saving Enough? ITV 2019
Britain is sleepwalking into a pension crisis. One in five of us isn’t saving anything into a personal pension. Are you? Around 80% have no idea how much they’ll actually need to fund their retirement. Britain’s Great Pension Crisis with Michael Buerk, Channel 5 2019
A series of financial scandals have seen pensioners lose a lifetime of savings in retirement. ibid.
Over 10% of people over the age of 65 are still working. ibid.
Savers could be losing around £2 billion in pension scandals. ibid.
There’s a pension time-bomb set to explode in Britain over the next decade. With 20% of British workers not saving anything for their pension, the number of people living out their retirement in poverty is set to soar. Already, 90% of people on low incomes are relying exclusively on the government to fund their retirement. With over 1.5 pensioners forced to keep working beyond retirement age, will you have to work till you drop? Britain’s Great Pension Crisis with Michael Buerk II, Channel 5 2019
After decades of saving into government pension schemes, when it’s time to connect, many Nigerians across the country get nothing unless they pay. But while some retired people sink into poverty waiting for their pension, others are raking it in … I want to find out why politicians are awarding themselves huge pensions while ordinary people are having to fight to get anything at all. Our World: Nigeria’s Retirement Hell, BBC 2021
No-one actually uses the word bribe but it seems that payment is expected. Payment to a government worker whose job it is to pay out pensions. ibid.
I’ve got four lovely children, ten lovely grandchildren, and I left parliament to devote more time to politics, and I think that what is really going on in Britain is a growing sense of alienation. People don’t feel anyone listens to them. Tony Benn