I bet you if I had met him and had a chat with him, I would have found him a very interesting and human fellow, for I never yet met a man that I didn’t like.Will Rogers (1879-1935) American humorist
Saturday Evening Post (6 Nov 1926)
On Leon Trotsky. Earliest formulation of Rogers' motto found in print.
Another cited reference: "When I die, my epitaph or whatever you call those signs on gravestones is going to read, 'I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I dident like [sic].' I am so proud of that I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved."
-- Talk at a Boston church (Jun 1930), in Ben Yagoda, Will Rogers: A Biography, ch. 10 (1993)