"Like many students, I found the drudgery of real experiments and the slowness of progress a complete shock, and at my low points I contemplated other alternative careers including study of the philosophy or sociology of science."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Paul Nurse on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Paul Nurse on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Paul Nurse on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Paul Nurse on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Paul Nurse on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"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."
"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."