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This time at Birmingham turned me into a general biologist,
by Paul Nurse

This time at Birmingham turned me into a general biologist,
and ever since then I have always tried to take a biological
approach to any research project that I have undertaken.
- Paul Nurse

At age 11 in 1960, I moved to an academic state secondary school,
Harrow County Grammar School for Boys.
- Paul Nurse

My parents were neither wealthy nor academic,
but we lived comfortably and they were always extremely
supportive of my academic efforts and aspirations,
both at school and university.
- Paul Nurse

My parents were born in Norfolk and spent their early
years working in the big houses of that rural English county,
my mother as a cook and my father as a handyman and chauffeur.
- Paul Nurse

 

It was during my time at secondary school that I abandoned religion.
- Paul Nurse

I am still a keen mountain walker and an enthusiastic glider pilot.
- Paul Nurse

After an extensive interview he arranged for my weaknesses
in foreign languages to be over-looked and so I started
a Biology degree at Birmingham in 1967.
- Paul Nurse

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Therefore, I reasoned that study of the cell cycle
responsible for the reproduction of cells was important
and might even be illuminating about the nature of life.
- Paul Nurse

I was by far the youngest of the family,
and at times it was like being an only child.
- Paul Nurse

Scientific understanding is often beautiful,
a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure
not unlike the reading of a great poem.
- Paul Nurse

My 6 years with Murdoch were pivotal for my entire research career.
- Paul Nurse

I have an idealistic view of science as a liberalising
and progressive force for humanity.
- Paul Nurse

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.
- Paul Nurse

It has been a privilege to pursue knowledge for its
own sake and to see how it might help mankind in more practical ways.
- Paul Nurse

This possibility bothered me as I thought it was not
advisable to remain in one academic environment,
and the long dark winters in Edinburgh could be rather dismal.
- Paul Nurse

During the winter my attention was attracted to the
changes in the stars and planets in the sky.
- Paul Nurse

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.
- Paul Nurse

I think it was this curiosity about the natural world
which awoke my early interest in science.
- Paul Nurse

My main efforts focussed on trying to identify the
rate controlling steps during the cell cycle.
Crucial for this analysis were wee mutants that were
advanced prematurely through the cell cycle and so
divided at a reduced cell size.
- Paul Nurse

I had a great time investigating the pigments of different
mutant fruit flies by following experimental protocols
published in Scientific American,
and I also remember making my own beetle collection
when it was still acceptable to make such collections.
- Paul Nurse

A key issue in developmental biology at that time was
the problem of how cells underwent differentiation,
with most workers concentrating on explanations in
terms of changes in enzyme and gene regulation.
- Paul Nurse

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.
- Paul Nurse

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.
- Paul Nurse

I decided that the University of Sussex in Brighton
was a good place for this work because it had a strong
tradition in bacterial molecular genetics and an excellent reputation in biology.
- Paul Nurse

I was never very good at exams, having a poor memory
and finding the examination process rather artificial,
and there never seemed to be enough time to follow
up things that really interested me.
- Paul Nurse

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

You will never find time for anything.
If you want time you must make it.
- Charles Buxton

Who forces time is pushed back by time;
who yields to time finds time on his side.
- The Talmud

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

When you feel the need to hurry,
remember that everything in life is a CHOICE.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To say "too busy" is merely
to say "confused priorities."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The way lies in softness and patience,
as the softest water cuts through the hardest rock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Urgent? Why?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can fool all the people some of the time,
and some of the people all the time,
but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
- Abraham Lincoln (sometimes attributed to P. T. Barnum)

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles;
but today it means getting along with people.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Every time you hear a bell ring,
it means that some angel's just got his wings.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

The River of Life knows no obstacles.
The River can cut through solid rock - in its own time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This is our moment, this is our time.
- Bono

Put some distance between yourself
and whatever is concerning you.
Distance in space or time
always creates a new perspective.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

The time is always right to do what is right.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you think you're out of time,
smile, and turn back the clock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

If patience is worth anything,
it must endure to the end of time.
And a living faith will last
in the midst of the blackest storm.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Once you have mastered time,
you will understand how true it is that
most people overestimate what
they can accomplish in a year -
and underestimate what
they can achieve in a decade!
- Tony Robbins

A big part of letting go is recognizing
when it is time to stay in a situation
and when it is time to move on.
- Darren L. Johnson

Embrace your uniqueness.
Time is much too short to be
living someone else's life.
- Kobi Yamada

Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
- Mother Teresa

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

The season of failure is the best time
for sowing the seeds of success.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Your time is limited,
so don't waste it living someone else's life.
- Steve Jobs

Keep moving. Don't stop. But don't rush.
Don't race around.
Sure and steady gets you there every time.
- Neale Donald Walsch

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The hardest part is what to leave behind, ... It's time to let go!
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Does thou love life? Then do not squander time;
for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
- Saint Bartholomew

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
- Mother Teresa


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