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National Boss Day: 25 Quotes & Sayings About Bosses

Whether we like it or not, most of us have one. Some are demanding and difficult while others are inspirational and understanding. But whether yours is fabulous to work for or not so much, today is all about bosses - it's National Boss Day, also referred to as Bosses Day or Boss’s Day.

Patricia Bays Haroski is credited as “creating” the annual holiday. Years ago, the State Farm Insurance Company secretary wanted to show her appreciation for her boss and improve the relationship between employers and employees. In 1958, Haroski registered National Boss Day with the United States Chamber of Commerce and folks have been celebrating and recognizing their supervisors ever since. She selected Oct. 16 to commemorate her father’s birthday.

While National Boss Day is typically observed on October 16, if the day happens to fall on the weekend, it is celebrated in offices around the nation on the working day closest to the 16th.

25 Quotes & Sayings About Bosses

  • “The boss is always right.” - Russian proverb

  • "The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick men to do what he wants done and self-restraint enough not to keep meddling with them while they do it." - Theodore Roosevelt

  • “Most people like hard work. Particularly when they are paying for it. - Franklin P. Jones

  • “The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does." – Unknown

  • “In my house I’m the boss, my wife is just the decision maker.” - Woody Allen

  • “No man goes before his time – unless the boss leaves early.” – Groucho Marx

  • “The difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week.” - Robert Frost

  • “Show me a man who is a good loser and I’ll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss.” - James Patrick Murray

  • “The most challenging part of being a boss is that nobody will tell you if your work is suffering.” - Bill Williams

  • “The only time some people work like a horse is when the boss rides them!” Gabriel Heatter

  • “The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.” - Lee Iacocca

  • “To make a long story short, there’s nothing like having a boss walk in.” - Doris Lilly

  • “Don't blame the boss. He has enough problems.” - Donald Rumsfeld

  • “If you think your boss is stupid, remember: You wouldn't have a job if he was any smarter.”- John Gotti

  • “Boss may not be always right but he is never wrong.” - Unknown

  • "If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire." - Cannon's Law

  • "The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind." - Gen. Joe Stillwell

  • “I’m not bossy – I just have better ideas.” - Unknown

  • “Old bosses never die, much as you want them to.” - Unknown

  • "There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else." - Sam Walton

  • “I am not the boss of my house. I don’t know when I lost it. I don’t know if I ever had it. But I have seen the boss’s job and I do not want it.” - Bill Cosby

  • “A leader leads by example not by force.” - Sun Tzu

  • “A vacation should be just long enough that you’re boss misses you and not long enough for him to discover how well he can get along without you.” - Unknown

  • “Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.” - Doug Larson

  • “Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers.” - Unknown

Remember your boss this Bosses Day with a small token of appreciation. In case you are stuck for gift ideas, check out National Boss Day Ideas for a few affordable suggestions. And bosses, there is also Employee Appreciation Day too - a special day of the year to appreciate all those hard-working employees that keep your business and organization in business!

October 16 is also World Food Hunger Day, National Liqueur Day and National Plug In Day. And by the way, Cranky Co-Workers Day is coming up! Just sayin'!


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