Being a leader can be a difficult, and sometimes thankless, job. You work long hours, make tough decisions, and try your best to make your employees and your customers happy. But things don't always work out the way you hope.

Every leader can use a bit of inspiration and humor every once in a while. Adding some fun to your day can make it all come together and, at the same time, perhaps even put a smile on your face.

The next time you feel down, here are 17 funny leadership quotes to perk you up.

2. "The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided." --Casey Stengel

3. "There go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can lead them." 
--Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

4. "The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it." --Elaine Agather

6. "Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it." --John Naisbitt

7. "Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works too." --Robert Half

8. "When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that person is crazy." --Dave Barry

9. "Leadership is your ability to hide your panic from others." --Laozi

10. "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." --Will Rogers

11. "There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there." --Indira Gandhi

12. "By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work 12 hours a day." --Robert Frost

13. "It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse." 
--Adlai Stevenson

14. "I'm a leader, not a follower. Unless it's a dark place; then you are going first." 

15. "Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream." --Malcolm Muggeridge

16. "The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on." 
--Robert Bloch

17. "By trying, we can easily endure adversity. Another man's, I mean." --Mark Twain