Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
G. K. Chesterton (18741936)
But there are some people, neverthelessand I am one of themwho think that the most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe. We think that for a landlady considering a lodger, it is important to know his income, but still more important to know his philosophy. We think that for a general about to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemys numbers, but still more important to know the enemys philosophy.
G. K. CHESTERTON, Heretics, introductory remarks, pp. 1516 (1905).