Administrative Professionals Day
Administrative Professionals Day is a day when all organizations say thank you to secretaries, receptionists and other administrative staff. In this photo, Casey Caldwell screens Chris Harris (right) for a job with Yates Services at the Tennessee Career Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Dec. 10, 2011. Reuters

No work life can be imagined without the existence of administrative workers such as secretaries, receptionists and office assistants. They are the lifeline of any organization and Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated to say thank you to them as they are the ones because of whom an office runs like a family.

The last full week of April is recognized as Administrative Professionals Week during which Wednesday is observed as the Administrative Professionals Day. This day is not a national holiday but rather an observance that is recognized in most of the U.S.

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Though the day has a history, which goes back to the World War II (1939-1945), when there was a shortage of skilled administrative personnel in the U.S. due to Depression era birth-rate decline and increasing post-war business, the official period of celebration was first proclaimed in 1952, according to International Association of Administrative Professionals website.

Here are 10 quotes from Fresh Quotes and Quote Garden that you can share with your assistants to let them know how special they are to you.

1. “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

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

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

4. "The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was." — Unknown

5. “I am my own secretary; I dictate, I compose, I copy all myself.” — Venerable Bede

6. "Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties." — Doug Larson

7. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” — William Arthur

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

9. "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

10. “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