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Old 03-31-2015, 02:18 PM   #1
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FIRE-inspiring quotes

Chances are you've come across some quotes that resonate with you as an early retiree (or retiree to be). Thought it might be fun to collect some of these in a thread. I'll start:

“Most of us spend years in the workplace perfecting our strategic minds, and essentially living in the future. But engaging ourselves with vitality and gusto in the years after working full-time requires that we more fully occupy our bodies and hearts, which root us in the present moment — the only place where we can feel truly connected to our life experience.“
–Ed Merck

And then, of course, there's the one in my signature area below...

"Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants."
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Old 03-31-2015, 02:21 PM   #2
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:27 AM   #3
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After reading this quote I stopped thinking about ER in terms of 'when I...', and started writing down the what, where, when, how, and how much questions for which I needed answers if my ER would happen while it was still E:

“Spending of the best part of one's life earning money in order to enjoy questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it, reminds me of the Englishman who went to India to make a fortune first, in order that he might return to England and live the life of a poet. He should have gone up garret at once.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Other Writings
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:09 AM   #4
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Here are three of my favorites. They pretty much sum up the way I want to live the rest of my life:

"From this hour, freedom! From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines,
Going where I list, my own master, total and absolute,
Listening to others, and considering well what they say,
Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,
Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me…”

Walt Whitman- from Song of the Open Road

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Mark Twain

“It's time to start living the life you've imagined.”

Henry James
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:02 AM   #5
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There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important as living within your means. Calvin Coolidge

Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life -- Hippy dippy 60s aphorism

I knew I'd have to do something for a while in order to do nothing for a longer while --- Somebody here on this forum. It was too late to inspire me personally but I was hooked into the sentiment by age 10.
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:06 AM   #6
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:11 AM   #7
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"Up-Chuck on all of it!" -Ruth Gordon, 1976, "The Big Bus"
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:22 AM   #8
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"When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich."
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:30 AM   #9
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:37 AM   #10
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In the United States, the economic problem that organizes many of our lives is not that we don’t have enough. It’s that we don’t have quite as much as those who have more. That’s an economic problem that, almost by definition, can never be solved. - Ezra Klein

The question Keynes set out to solve was how humanity would adapt to a world of abundance. “He saw two options,” explains Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. “One was that we could consume ever more goods. Or we could enjoy more leisure....By and large, we have chosen door number one. - Ezra Klein

With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy. - Lope De Vega

It is wealth to be content. - Lao-Tzu
Even clouds seem bright and breezy, 'Cause the livin' is free and easy, See the rat race in a new way, Like you're wakin' up to a new day (Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether lyrics, Alan Parsons Project, based on an EA Poe story)
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:10 PM   #12
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:22 PM   #13
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"My early retirement has been the best, most carefree years of my life."--Me

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Old 04-26-2015, 08:50 AM   #14
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:32 AM   #15
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There is a reason they call it's not meant to be easy.

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:48 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by David1961 View Post
"I don't work for my money. My money works for me".
LOL that's a lot like my signature line!

Another favorite line, from a Seinfeld episode ("The Junior Mint"):

GEORGE COSTANZA: "Hu-Yeah, interest. It's an amazing thing. You make money without doing anything..."
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.

"I want my money working for me instead of me working for my money!"
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:05 PM   #17
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"Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit"

- George Carlin

"Too many people spend money they buy things they don’t impress people that they don’t like."

–Will Rogers
No doubt a continuous prosperity, though spendthrift, is preferable to an economy thriftily moral, though lean. Nevertheless, that prosperity would seem more soundly shored if, by a saving grace, more of us had the grace to save.

Life Magazine editorial, 1956
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Old 04-26-2015, 07:39 PM   #18
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Everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth - Mike Tyson

No sure it relates to FIRE, but it's a great quote. Generally, I like the quotes that amount to saying "your money or your life". Very few people are blessed enough to love what they do so much as to have your money equal your life. I'm in the process of wrapping up my work life - OMY (or a little less).
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You don't want to be the richest person in the cemetery.
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Old 04-27-2015, 06:01 AM   #20
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What does a man need-really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in-and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all-in the material sense. And we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages and preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade. The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where then lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?

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