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Quotations for Assistants &
Administrative Professionals Day



Perhaps you cannot make anyone's thankless task less difficult, but you can always make it less thankless. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks; and ever thanks...
~William Shakespeare, Richard III


Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. ~John Garland Pollard (1871–1937)


Owen's Law for Secretaries:  As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something that will last until the coffee is cold. ~The Complete Murphy's Law: A Definitive Collection, Arthur Bloch, 1990


The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was. ~Author unknown


Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties. ~Doug Larson, United Feature Syndicate, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1991


Always be nice to secretaries. They are the REAL gatekeepers in the world. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book, 1995, collegiate-empowerment.org


The three most important words in the English language are: "I appreciate you." ~Author unknown, c. 1960s


Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone... ~G. B. Stern, Robert Louis Stevenson: The Man Who Wrote 'Treasure Island,' 1954


Some find their heroes 'mid the battle's strife;
The greatest heroes are in private life.
~Simeon Carter (1824–1911), Poems and Aphorisms: A Woodman's Musings, 1893


Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so. ~Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (radio), 1978


Office picnic:  When the boss goes on vacation. ~Arnold H. Glasow (1905–1999)


...the most agreeable of all duties, that of returning thanks... ~Bishop of Meath, 1868


APPRECIATE everything your associates do for the business... Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free — and worth a fortune. ~Sam Walton, "Running a Successful Company: Ten Rules That Worked for Me" (Sam's Rules for Building a Business), Made in America: My Story, 1992, co-authored with John Huey


There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


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"


If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be:  "meetings." ~Dave Barry, "25 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years," Dave Barry Turns 50, 1998, davebarry.com


Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. ~Author unknown


By appreciation we make excellence in others belong to us as well. ~Voltaire


You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. ~Author unknown, c. 1940s





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