Everyone who calls a cubicle their second home or knows how to work the office coffee machine better than their own knows that office managers are the backbone of most workplace environments.

Administrative Professionals Day is a day to acknowledge and give thanks for the efforts of your administrative assistant, receptionist office manager or other vaulable admin person. The unofficial holiday, which falls on April 23 this year, is the time to show how much you appreciate everything they do.

The day was established in 1952. At the time, it was called "National Secretaries Week" and organized by the National Secretaries Association, which is now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

The idea came from Mary Barrett, then president of the National Secretaries Association, and C. King Woodbridge, then president of Dictaphone Corp. The day was meant to recognize secretaries’ contributions to the workplace and attract new skilled office workers.

In addition to gifts for the administrative assistants in your office, here are 15 quotes to share on Administrative Professionals Day.


“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you.” —Joseph Addison

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -—John F. Kennedy

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

“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.” —Alan Cohen

"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

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

"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks." —William Shakespeare


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

“Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.” -- Douglas Adams

“And so while the great ones depart to their dinner, the secretary stays, growing thinner and thinner, racking his brain to record and report what he thinks that they think that they ought to have thought.” —Arthur Bryant

“The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.” —Robert Frost

“You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever.” —Ellen Goodman

“If you take a bunch of superstars and put them in a room where they don't have their assistants and entourage, it's funny to see what happens.” —Daryl Hall

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