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Nothing is more incumbent on the old, than to know when they shall get out of the way, and relinquish to younger successors the honors they can no longer earn and the duties they can no longer perform.

Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drive into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.
We want retirement to mean that we have chosen to leave paid work for something else, and not survival on a pittance because we are no longer welcome at work.
Like many men, he gave up his identity along with his job. One day he was a boss at the factory, with a brass plate on his door and a reputation to uphold; the next day he was a nobody at home.
Retirement used to be the square that one landed on in the playing board of life roughly five years before one expired, the reward for thirty-five or more years of hard work, when a pencil pusher could enjoy a paid mortgage, a cruise or two, and a golden wedding anniversary while waiting around to die. Today the question is not so much when is ideal retirement age as how does one define retirement.
People who were never too crazy about their jobs look forward to retirement, as do people who know exactly what they'd like to do, at long last. People who have no idea what they will do with retirement dread it. And then there are the rest of us, who had this crazy idea that we would have enough money to quit working at sixty or sixty-five and could then pick up all the unfulfilled dreams of things we'd always longed to do.
Ages of compulsory retirement are fixed at point varying from 55 to 75, all being equally arbitrary and unscientific. Whatever age has been decreed by accident and custom can be defended by the same argument. Where the retirement age is fixed at 65 the defenders of this system will always have found, by experience, that the mental powers and energy show signs of flagging at the age of 62. This would be a most useful conclusion to have reached had not a different phenomenon been observed in organizations where the age of retirement has been fixed at 60. There, we are told, people are found to lose their grips, in some degree, at the age of 57.
The argument for retirement is an erroneous one. It assumes that our goal in life is to amass the right amount of wealth so that we can shut down our productivity at a certain age and revel in our material success and free time. . . . We should never abandon the world of work and productivity for a world of inactivity, a world that doesn't challenge us, a world that isolates us from our spiritual quest.
When you will have worked hard and faithfully, there will come a day when you will wish to rest, when you will wish to give to her whom you love and whom you will love the more as years pass, your own time, your own self, that you two may go hand in hand into the winter, unafraid and unburdened by cares and sorrows.
It was like passing out of Time into Eternity--for it is a sort of Eternity for a man to have his Time all to himself.
Great men have a dark chimerical prospect of retiring, which their circumstances will seldom permit them to execute, till they are forced to it.
He may not do what the young men are doing, but he is really doing much greater and better things: great affairs are not accomplished by strength or speed or swiftness of bodies, but by planning, authority, deliberation, things which old age is not deprived of, but which even then increase.
. . . 'tis our fast intent To shake all cares and business from our age, Conferring them on younger strengths, while we Unburden'd crawl toward death.
Retirement places more time on your hands. Indeed, it is one of the enjoyments of retirement that you are able to drift through the day at your own pace, easy in the knowledge that you have put hard work and achievement behind you.
We do not actually know how competent and industrious people between seventy and eighty years old can be in our society. In an agricultural economy, when they are healthy, they are able to bear a considerable portion of the necessary workload. Old men and women have continued to perform their customary chores until they were physically unable to do so. They sometimes did so of necessity, but more often they seem to have done so by choice. They not only felt useful and needed but actually were.
It is a time when we can, by default, live a passive and inactive life. But there is a wonderful, if riskier, alternative. We can take advantage of our newfound freedom and embark on new and exciting adventures. We now have time to fulfill some earlier ambitions. If we make a mistake, there are plenty of fallbacks. We need not be too cautious.
You can't put off being young until you retire.
Early retirement is . . . sound, to take care of people who, like '51 and '54 vintages, didn't work out.
Soon, I think, public-relations offices will find a new word for "retirement." This new word will undoubtedly project the image of continuing activity and participation in life on a person's own terms, rather than the image of rest (white-thatched oldster fishing) that we still have before us today.
I noticed a tendency among many men in business to feel that their lot was hard--they worked against a day when they might retire and live on an income--get out of the strife. Life to them was a battle to be ended as soon as possible. That was another point I could not understand, for as I reasoned, life is not a battle except with our own tendency to sag with the downpull of "getting settled.". . . Life, as I see it, is not a location, but a journey. Even the man who most feels himself "settled" is not settled--he is probably sagging back. Everything is in flux, and was meant to be. Life flows. We may live at the same number of the street, but it is never the same man who lives there.
The love of Retirement has, in all ages, adhered closely to those minds which have been most enlarged by knowledge, or elevated by genius. Those who enjoyed every thing generally supposed to confer happiness have been forced to seek it in the shades of privacy.

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