"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."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Paul Nurse on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Paul Nurse on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Paul Nurse on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Paul Nurse on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Paul Nurse on Joseph Stalin
"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."
"It was during my time at secondary school that I abandoned religion."
"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."