Retirement can be the best time of our lives. Unfortunately, the first part of many people's lives is wasted on boring work and the last part is wasted on a boring retirement. The good news, however, is that many more people enjoy retirement than those who don't.

Clearly, retirement can be a challenging life transition, either financially or personally. Many people have lots of time on their hands, but way too little money. Others have lots of money, but don't know what to do with their time.

In this regard, Samuel Johnson declared, "Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use."

Regardless of your financial means, many books such as How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free and The Joy of Not Working can help you enhance your retirement. Generally speaking, the key to a happy retirement is not to spend a lot more money. The key, instead, is to select enjoyable activities that allow you to get by on the money that you presently have.

Indeed, millions of retirees have below-average incomes. Nonetheless, they manage to fill their days with happiness and joy — much more than some people who are filthy rich.

Here is a list of top-ten retirement quotes to help you retire happy before you expire:

    Retire from work, but not from life.
    — M. K. Soni

    The key to retirement is to find joy in the little things.
    — Susan Miller

      #3 of Top-Ten Positive Retirement Quotes

    Retirement itself is the best gift. No gold watch could ever top it.
    — Abigail Charleson

      #4 of Top-Ten Positive Retirement Quotes

    Yes, I am thoroughly enjoying retirement! The best part is observing my neighbors drive off to work in the morning knowing that that their day will be filled with jerks, brainless and endless meetings, jerks, vendor lunches where you hold your breath just waiting for the sales pitch until you regurgitate your pasta, more jerks and the eventual company reorganization of the section that was just reorganized last month!
    — Bill Kalmar

      #5 of Top-Ten Positive Retirement Quotes

    Retirement is wonderful. It's doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.
    — Gene Perret

      #6 of Top-Ten Positive Retirement Quotes

    A lot of our friends complain about their retirement. We tell 'em to get a life.
    — Larry Laser

      #7 of Top-Ten Positive Retirement Quotes

    There is life after retirement, and it is BETTER.
    — Catherine Pulsifer

      #8 of Top-Ten Positive Retirement Quotes

    If my dreams could all come true paradise/retirement would be — in a little bungalow — somewhere by the sea.
    — Unknown wise person

      #9 of Top-Ten Positive Retirement Quotes

    I'm not retiring from life, just a job.
    — Unknown wise person

      #10 of Top-Ten Positive Retirement Quotes

    I really stay busy [in retirement]. I often have to cancel my golf games on the weekends to go play in tennis tournaments.
    — Richard Davies

In short, if you are already well into your retirement and you are not finding it as challenging and fulfilling as you had anticipated, Positive Quotes about Retirement may be just the inspiration you need to make retirement the best time of your life. If millions of other people can do it, so can you. However, like them, you must be motivated, you must be creative, and you must have a positive view of retirement.

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Author's Bio: 

Ernie Zelinski is the author of the international bestseller How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor which has sold over 85,000 copies sold and has been published in 7 foreign languages.

Ernie, however, is best known as the author of The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked, published by Ten Speed Press in Berkeley, California.

Ernie Zelinski's books have now sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.

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