"It has been a privilege to pursue knowledge for its own sake and to see how it might help mankind in more practical ways."
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."Paul Nurse on Albert Einstein
"Information is not knowledge."Paul Nurse on Albert Einstein
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."Paul Nurse on Marcus Garvey
"Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be."Paul Nurse on Albert Einstein
"Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."Paul Nurse on William Shakespeare
"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."
"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."
"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."