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.
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English translation by Emma Craufurd, published in the collection Waiting for God. Republished here with thanks.