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9 (Funny) Leadership Quotes From Euripides to Groucho Marx

It’s important to realize that the ability to laugh at yourself is actually key to having a good life and being a good leader. So take a few minutes off from the pressures of leading and/or being led, and enjoy my top 9 favorite humorous (and often painfully true) quotes on leadership.

1. Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head. – Euripides

2. It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. – Douglas Adams

3. The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on. – Robert Bloch

4. It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse. – Adlai Stevenson

5. If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. – The Bible

6. You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership. – Dwight Eisenhower

7. A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. – Groucho Marx

8. A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw

9. By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean. – Mark Twain