“Das Herz und nicht die Meinung ehrt den Mann—It is his heart, and not his opinion, that is an honour to a man.” – Schiller, James Wood, Dictionary of Quotations, 1899
A tranquil heart sets the stage for the cultivation and maintenance of a sharp and agile mind. The state of your heart, therefore, is of chief importance if you are concerned to live a meaningful and impactful life.
You can have all the degrees in the world, but encyclopedic knowledge is useless if the heart is not sufficiently at rest to divine the pulsations of wisdom which surge forth from above and within. Dishonor is the natural result of a mind – be it weak and impressionable or forceful and cunning – goaded into frenzied action by a troubled heart.