A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 04, 2015
“The only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper”

"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.”

Google Books
Strategies for Success in Rural Economic Development
By Judi Hackett
Lexington, KY: Council of State Governments
1989
Pg. 32:
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.

Google Books
Big Marketing Ideas for Small Service Businesses:
How to Successfully Advertise, Publicize, and Maximize Your Business or Professional Practice

By Marilyn Heimberg Ross and Tom Ross
Homewood, IL: Dow Jones-Irwin
1990
Pg. 16:
We know, we know — nobody likes change except a baby with a wet diaper.

Google Books
Everything Is Subject to Change
By Greg S. Reid
Jacksonville, FL: Prindle House Publishing Company
2010
Pg. ?:
Mark Twain said, ‘The only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper!’

Google Books
Leading Teams with Integrity:
Advice from Leadership Experts

By Stedman Graham, Ken Blanchard, Jon Huntsman, Doug Lennick and Fred Kiel Ph.D.
Upper Saddle river, NJ: FT Press
2012
Pg. ?:
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.

Twitter
Tom Super
‏@chicken_supe
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

Twitter
Nickhil Jakatdar
‏@indiajones
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

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, December 04, 2015 • Permalink