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Entry from November 05, 2012
“Retired is being tired twice”

American poet Richard Armour (1906-1989) wrote this poem for the book Going Like Sixty; A Lighthearted Look at the Later Years (1974):

“Retired is being tired twice, I’ve thought:
First tired of working, then tired of not.”


The poem has been cited in many articles and books about retirement.


Wikipedia: Richard Armour
Richard Willard Armour (July 15, 1906 – February 28, 1989) was an American poet and author who wrote over sixty-five books.

Google Books
Going Like Sixty;
A Lighthearted Look at the Later Years

By Richard Willard Armour
New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
1974
Pg. 23:
Retired is being tired twice, I’ve thought:
First tired of working, then tired of not.

8 May 1974, Oneonta (NY) Star, “Lighter Side with Gene Brown,” pr. 4, col. 5:
Richard Armour in his 49th book, “Going Like Sixty,” a light hearted look at the later years, contributes these two poems:

The First:
Retired is being tired twice, I thought:
First tired of working, then tired of not.

Google Books
Sleep-Tight Money:
A guide to managing your money safely and achieving financial peace of mind

By Lawrence A. Krause
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
1987
Pg. 69:
“Retired” does not mean “to be tired twice.”

Google Books
Over the Hill & on a Roll:
Laugh Lines for the Better Half of Life

By Bob Phillips
Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers
1998
Pg. 196:
Retired is being tired twice, I’ve thought—first tired of working, then tired of not. —Richard Armour

Google Books
Retirement for Workaholics:
Life After Work in a Downsized Economy

By Morley D. Glicken
Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger
2010
Pg. 71:
Retired is being tired twice, I’ve thought. First tired of working. Then tired of not.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, November 05, 2012 • Permalink