My boss is German and retires this week. I'd like to sign the note I'm sending her with a German phrase or idiomatic phrase that means something like, "have a long and happy life."

I've looked on a couple of German language sites that list German idioms, but everything listed concerned day-to-day life ("Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund", "Da haben wir den Salat," etc.)

I'm looking for an idiom or folksy phrase that would seem to have come from a person whose first language is German, not just a literal translation of "have a long happy life." Perhaps there's no such phrase. I speak a tiny bit of German only.

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There are many different sample texts/whishes on the internet about the retirement of a colleague/employee.

Here is an example text that best suits your needs:

Alles Gute für den neuen Lebensabschnitt. Genießen Sie die Ruhestandszeit in vollen Zügen!

Check out this link to see more examples.

  • That's perfect. Thank you.
    – Flynn
    May 25, 2021 at 21:53
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    Genieß oder Genießen Sie May 26, 2021 at 12:25
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    "Die Ruhestandszeit" klingt aber arg hölzern, wie auch "Lebensabschnitt". "Genießen Sie den Ruhestand" sagt man schon eher. Wieso nicht "langes, glückliches Leben"? Jun 2, 2021 at 23:40

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