“Physical work makes us experience in the most exhausting manner, the phenomenon of finality.”..."[Workers]....need poetry more than bread, and religion alone can be the source of it.” Those quotes are from Gravity and Grace.
From The Notebooks of Simone Weil, Volume 1 (1956) translated by Richard Rees, we find an obscure reference---
Fictitious example: a greedy painter; if he goes blind, he will no longer be anything but greedy. Demetrius.
(The hermit's cat; asceticism can have the same effect.)
I have no idea what this means. The category of notebook jottings is understandably obscure. Yet it is nice to consider a lost moment when a cat on a Parisian street in the 1930s might have rubbed against the ankles of this formidable woman. Her main characteristic may have been that she was one of the few for whom the gap between thought and action did not exist.