"It was during my time at secondary school that I abandoned religion."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Paul Nurse on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Paul Nurse on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Paul Nurse on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Paul Nurse on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Paul Nurse on Albert Camus
"Better understanding of the natural world not only enhances all of us as human beings, but can also be harnessed for the better good, leading to improved health and quality of life."
"It has been a privilege to pursue knowledge for its own sake and to see how it might help mankind in more practical ways."
"I met my wife Anne who was a sociology student, and her influence together with activities associated with the student movement of the time opened up my interests amongst other things into the theatre, art, music, politics and philosophy."
"I felt strongly that since the pursuit of good science was so difficult it was essential that the problem being studied was an important one to justify the effort expanded."
"I have an idealistic view of science as a liberalising and progressive force for humanity."
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