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Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes (Walden 21)

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A dapper Thoreau sports a neck-beard in this June 1856 daguerreotype by Benjamin D. Maxham. Wikimedia Commons A dapper Thoreau sports a neck-beard in this June 1856 daguerreotype by Benjamin D. Maxham. Wikimedia Commons

“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?” — Henry David Thoreau, from “Economy,” Walden

I have a image in my mind right now of Henry in his old, 1840s clothes, giving a leadership seminar in the corporate world, and putting the above quote up on a PowerPoint slide.

I know. It would never happen, but I’d love to see it. Shopping for a new suit, a new dress? Have our fashion consultant Henry Thoreau advise you:

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