Henry David Thoreau quote about appearance from Walden - beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
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beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
 Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854). copy citation

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Author Henry David Thoreau
Source Walden
Topic appearance clothes distrust
Date 1854
Language English
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“Who ever saw his old clothes,—his old coat, actually worn out, resolved into its primitive elements, so that it was not a deed of charity to bestow it on some poor boy, by him perchance to be bestowed on some poorer still, or shall we say richer, who could do with less? I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes. If there is not a new man, how can the new clothes be made to fit? If you have any enterprise before you, try it in your old clothes. All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.” source

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