They type your emails, answer your phone calls and keep the supply closet fully stocked, among other things, day after day. Now, it’s time to say thanks to secretaries, assistants and all those who keep the office running smoothly.

Whether you take them to lunch or write them a thoughtful note, make sure you express your gratitude for their hard work this Wednesday on Administrative Professionals' Day. And in case you can’t find the words, here are some quotes to get you started.

“Always be nice to secretaries. They are the real gatekeepers in the world.” — Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Responsibility without power — the fate of the secretary though the ages.” — Ariel Dorfman

“I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary. If it’s somebody else’s secretary, fine.” — Barry Goldwater

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” — G.B. Stern

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” — James Allen

“Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.” — John W. Gardner

“Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.” — John G. Pollard

“Happy is the man with a wife to tell him what to do and a secretary to do it.” — Lord Mancroft

“You're no good unless you are a good assistant; and if you are, you're too good to be an assistant.” — Martin H. Fischer

“If you have a good selling idea, your secretary can write your ad for you.” — Morris Hite

“Someday, people who know how to use computers will rule over those who don't. And there will be a special name for them -- secretaries.” — Scott Adams

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” — Voltaire

“I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks; and ever thanks.” — William Shakespeare