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Quotations for Boss Day

Welcome to my page of quotations for National Boss's Day, also spelled Boss Day, Bosses Day, or Boss' Day. It has existed since 1958 and is observed on October 16th or the nearest working day. These are quotes to use in appreciation, celebration, and recognition of managers, supervisors, directors, business owners, or whomever it is that's your boss or leader. As tricky as office politics and political correctness can be nowadays, it's still nice to say thank you once in a while.  β€”ღ Terri

It is said that the world is run by those willing to sit until the end of meetings. ~Hugh Park, in Atlanta Journal, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1974

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

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day. ~Author unknown

There are so many men who can figure costs, and so few who can measure values. ~Author unknown

He had to spend his evenings bruising two fingers on a typewriter, making out reports in duplicate, triplicate, infinity, and confusion. ~Federal Works Agency Work Projects Administration, Montana: A State Guide Book, 1939

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

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

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

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

Most people like hard work. Particularly when they are paying for it. ~Franklin P. Jones, in The Saturday Evening Post, 1952

The three little sentences that will get you through life β€” Number one: "Cover for me." Number two: "Oh, good idea, Boss!" Number three: "It was like that when I got here." ~The Simpsons, "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish," 1991, written by Nell Scovell  [S2, E11, Homer]

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

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,

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

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

I've met a few people in my time who were enthusiastic about hard work. And it was just my luck that all of them happened to be men I was working for at the time. ~Bill Gold, quoted in Reader's Digest, 1955, citing Washington Post and Times-Herald

Though right it is to give Thanks,
True Gratitude will live Thanks.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Helpfulness," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire. ~Cannon's Cogent Comment, quoted in 1,001 Logical Laws, Accurate Axioms, Profound Principles, Trusty Truisms, Homey Homilies, Colorful Corollaries, Quotable Quotes, and Rambunctious Ruminations for all walks of life, compiled by John Peers and edited by Gordon Bennett, 1979

It is well for the clerk to remember that the boss also used the old excuses when he was young. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, George Horace Lorimer, editor, as reprinted in Poor Richard Jr's Almanack, 1906

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. ~Aldous Huxley

There's no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting. ~David Letterman

At Group L, Stoffel oversees six first-rate programmers, a managerial challenge roughly equivalent to herding cats. ~The Washington Post Magazine, 1985

If you are the boss it's wise to remember that there are lots of things you don't know and lots of people who hope you won't find out. ~Michael Josephson,

Gratitude is the best attitude. ~Jack D. Osman

A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say. ~Michael Winner, 1970

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