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The 15 Best Movie Quotes for a Retirement Speech

The 15 Best Movie Quotes for a Retirement SpeechRetirement represents the end of a phase of a person's life.  It does not mean that person's life is over.  In fact, many people's post-work life is as long as their employed existence.  As a person moves from the work phase of life to one where work is diminished, there may be an opportunity to say goodbye to colleagues in the form of a speech.  Here are the best 15 movie quotes for use in a retirement presentation.

“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”
The Pride of the Yankees (1942) – Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper)

“65 years.  Don’t they go by in a blink…”
Meet Joe Black (1998) – William Parrish (Anthony Hopkins)

“The old dreams were good dreams.  They didn't work out, but I’m glad I had them.”
The Bridges of Madison County (1995) – Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood)

“Freedom, baby, is never having to say you're sorry.”
The Devil’s Advocate (1997) – John Milton (Al Pacino)

“The older the violin, the sweeter the music.”
Lonesome Dove (1989) – Gus McCrae (Robert Duvall)

“Every show is your last show.  That’s my philosophy.”
A Prairie Home Companion (2006) – G. K. (Garrison Keillor)

“I don't know where we've been and I've just been there.”
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman)

“I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you, to make each day count.”
Titanic (1997) – Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio)

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.  They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.”
As You Like It (1936) – Jacques (Leon Quartermaine)

“Where the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.”
The Sound of Music (1965) – Maria (Julie Andrews)

“You never miss the water until the well runs dry.”
His Girl Friday (1940) – Walter Burns (Cary Grant)

“Time marches on and sooner or later you realize it is marching across your face.”
Steel Magnolias (1989) – Truvy (Dolly Parton)

“I must retire now to my couch of perpetual indulgence.”
Happy Feet (2006) – Lovelace (Robin Williams)

“Whoever tells the best story wins.”
Amistad (1977) - John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins)

“Every man dies, not every man really lives.”
Braveheart (1995) – William Wallace (Mel Gibson)

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