"The only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper” is a saying that his frequently used in politics and in business. The authorship is unknown. “The only person who doesn’t resist change is a baby with a wet diaper” was cited in print in 1967. The expression became frequently cited by the 1990s.
American author Mark Twain (1835-1910) is often credited with the saying, but he never said it.
8 May 1967, New Castle (PA) News, “Fox endorses amendments,” pg. 25, col. 8:
James Keenan, Allegheny County director of the Nine Yes Votes Committee, told those present that “the only person who doesn’t resist change is a baby with a wet diaper.”
Strategies for Success in Rural Economic Development
By Judi Hackett
Lexington, KY: Council of State Governments
I found in my travels that the only person who really likes change is a baby with a wet diaper. The rest of us do not like change, we resist it psychologically.
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We know, we know — nobody likes change except a baby with a wet diaper.
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By Greg S. Reid
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Mark Twain said, ‘The only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper!’
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Mark Twain once said, “The only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper.” Like it or not, in the dynamic society surrounding today’s organizations, the question of whether change will occur is no longer relevant. Change will occur.
Only a baby with a wet diaper likes change. Innovation is about change. -Former @TraderJoes President Doug Rauch #NCC14
8:31 AM - 30 Oct 2014
Most interesting comment at the #fortuneglobal meet-up by @jcpenney chairman Mike Ullman - “Only a baby with a wet diaper likes change.”!
3:04 AM - 2 Dec 2015