29 Money and Retirement Quotes to Keep You Inspired

A brilliant thought can capture our minds, give clarity, and keep us motivated for decades.

I remember late nights in college reading personal finance books from thought leaders like Vicki Robin, Burton Malkiel, Ramit Sethi, and Dave Ramsey. To me, money and life suddenly felt actionable, feasible, and exciting in new ways.

Today, I’m excited to share a few of my favorites with you. Here are 29 money and requirement quotes to help keep you focused and inspired on your financial journey.

Building wealth

1. “The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.”

Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor

 

2. “Finding the next Warren Buffett is like looking for a needle in a haystack. We recommend that you buy the haystack instead, in the form of a low-cost index fund.”

Burton G. Malkiel, The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor

 

3. “The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.”

George Foreman

 

4. “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.”

Ayn Rand

 

5. “The stock market is designed to transfer money from the Active to the Patient.”

Warren Buffett

 

6. “Investing is not nearly as difficult as it looks. Successful investing involves doing a few things right and avoiding serious mistakes.”

John Bogle

 

7. “Earn, Budget, Protect and Invest. Do those four things and your family’s financial future would be in a much better place.”

Cashflow Cop, Sitting Poolside interview

 

8. “Just as contagious euphoria leads investors to take greater and greater risks, the same self-destructive behavior leads many investors to throw in the towel and sell out near the market’s bottom when pessimism is rampant and seems most convincing. One of the most important lessons you can learn about investing is to avoid following the herd and getting caught up in market-based overconfidence or discouragement. Beware of ‘Mr. Market’.”

Burton G. MalkielThe Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor

 

9. “Getting started is more important than becoming an expert.”

Ramit Sethi, I Will Teach You To Be Rich

 

Succeeding and enjoying life along the way

10. “If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.”

Vicki Robin

 

11. “We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.”

Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover

 

12. “Wealth is having the choice of how to spend your time.”

Myles Wakeham, Sitting Poolside interview

 

13. “If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.”

Greg McKeown, Essentialism

 

14. “There are some who start their retirement long before they stop working.

Robert Half

 

15. “Working people have a lot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work.”

Clarence Darrow

 

16. “Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we’ve got 24 hours each.

Christopher Rice

 

17. “What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.”

Julia Cameron

 

18. “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

19. “Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.”

P.T. Barnum

 

20. “Money is just a score. It is how you play the game that matters.”

Myles Wakeham, Sitting Poolside interview

 

21. “But investing isn’t about beating others at their game. It’s about controlling yourself at your own game.”
Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor

 

Note from Mr. SR: the same is true for finding peace and enjoying life more generally. You won’t feel happy as long as you’re basing it on comparison to others. It’s about controlling yourself at your own game.

 

22. “Spend extravagantly on the things you love, and cut costs mercilessly on the things you don’t.”
Ramit Sethi, I Will Teach You To Be Rich

 

Spending time and money during retirement

23. “Retirement means doing whatever I want to do. It means choice.

Dianne Nahirny

 

24. “Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it to the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.”

Jonathan Clements

 

25. “Retire from your job but never from meaningful projects.”

Stephen R. Covey

 

26. “Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

 

27. “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.

Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

 

28. “Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different.”

Patrick Foley

 

29. “Freedom isn’t just about having a big bank balance (although that helps a lot).”

Myles Wakeham, Sitting Poolside interview

 

What are your favorite quotes that keep you driven? Share in the comments below!

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