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Custodian Appreciation Quotations
No one is useless in this world... who lightens the burden of it for any one else. ~Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, 1865 [This anonymous greeting-card’ized version has been making the rounds since about 2008: "No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you." –tg]
...we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick
Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone... ~G. B. Stern, Robert Louis Stevenson: The Man Who Wrote 'Treasure Island,' 1954
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. ~Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)
You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man. ~Seth Parker, quoted in Herbert V. Prochnow, 1000 Tips and Quips for Speakers and Toastmasters, 1962
One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. ~Malayan proverb
How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston, Cinderella Cargoes, 1929
Every action of your life touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. ~Edwin Hubbell Chapin (1814–1880), "Address to the Young"
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden under ground, secretly making the ground green... ~Thomas Carlyle, "Varnhagen von Ense's Memoirs," 1838
By appreciation we make excellence in others belong to us as well. ~Voltaire
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1940
No man stands so straight as one who stoops to help a child. ~James J. Davis, c. 1920s
The world moves along, not merely by the gigantic shoves of its hero-workers, but by the aggregate tiny pushes of every honest worker whatever. ~J.R. Green, 1870
Hard work is the yeast that raises the dough. ~Author unknown
The roots of all goodness lie
In the soil of appreciation for goodness.
~Dalai Lama III, Essence of Refined Gold, by the Third Dalai Lama, 1978
One can never thank people, I thought regretfully, at least not by piling gratitude on top of them like heavy American Beauty roses. One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay "in kind" somewhere else in life. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, "Our Early Mornings," Listen! the Wind, 1938
It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. ~Tom Brokaw, as quoted in John C. Maxwell, The Success Journey, 1997
I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks; and ever thanks...
~William Shakespeare, Richard III
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton, A Short History of England, 1917
Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. ~David Thomas, as quoted in Tryon Edwards, A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891
During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. ~JoAnn C. Jones, in Guideposts, 1996
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