The solution of a geometry problem does not in itself constitute a precious gift, but… it is the image of something precious. Being a little fragment of particular truth, it is a pure image of the unique, eternal and living Truth, the very Truth which once in a human voice declared “I am the Truth.”
Simon Weil aged 13
Students must work without any wish to gain good marks, to pass examinations, to win school successes; without any reference to their natural abilities and tastes; applying themselves equally to all their tasks, with the idea that each one will help to form in them the habit of that attention which is the substance of prayer.
English translation by Emma Craufurd, published in the collection Waiting for God. Republished here with thanks.