Here are some retirement quotes that come from Retirement Quotes for Smart People webpage on Sensational Quotes for Smart People Website to put retirement in proper perspective:
- "The new retirement reality may be a messy proposition"
— Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.
"We have a manufactured vision of what retirement is, and that doesn't necessarily correlate with reality. Unless you have a well-thought-out scenario, you're going to be in for a shock at retirement."
— Paul Allen, 64, a self-employed software developer in Dallas
"Why shouldn't retirees expect some reduction in Social Security and Medicare benefits, and soon? Before we retired, or will retire, we lived beyond our means by voting for those congressmen who would keep taxes low and borrow from the trust funds to pay government bills. Woe to the politician who would ask us to fully pay the taxes necessary for the services we expected from government.
This large accumulated debt to the funds is coming due. So we have an obligation to help pay it off by accepting less from them or paying higher taxes on our retirement income. As retirees, we have no right to just pass our debt off on our kids. We certainly helped create it and should help pay it off."
— Werner Gruhl, Columbia
"I used to have dreams that I died at my desk.
Now that I've retired, I don't have those dreams anymore."
- Unknown retiree commenting on an online article about retirment.
"If you have debt and you are going into retirement, I don't think you are ready for retirement,"
— Gary Gilgen, a certified financial advisor and director of the financial
planning department at Rehmann Financial in Troy, Mich