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880+ Frank Zappa Quotes (2024) Beyond Ordinary

In the realm of music and artistry, few figures have left as indelible a mark as the legendary composer and musician, Frank Zappa. Frank Zappa Quotes, drawn from his extensive body of work and interviews, provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind of this musical genius, offering insights that transcend the boundaries of music and touch upon the essence of human creativity. As we delve into the world of Frank Zappa Quotes, we embark on a journey that traverses the intricacies of music composition, the complexities of societal norms, and the unapologetic pursuit of artistic freedom.

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Frank Zappa Quotes (2024)

Frank Zappa's words resonate with a fearless and unapologetic approach to music and life. Here are unique Frank Zappa Quotes that capture his profound insights, humor, and boundless creativity:

  • "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible."
  • "Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best."
  • "A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open."
  • "Jazz isn't dead, it just smells funny."
  • "Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."
  • "The most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with somebody else's life."
  • "The more boring a child is, the more the parents, when showing off the child, receive adulation for being good parents — because they have a tame child-creature in their house."
  • "If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library."
  • "A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians."
  • "Politics is the entertainment branch of industry."
  • "There is no hell. There is only France."
  • "The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own."
  • "Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts."
  • "If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it."
  • "Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff."
  • "The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced."
  • "Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, uses that something to support their own existence."
  • "Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something."
  • "There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another."
  • "If you want to be a real entrepreneur, you have to be ready to throw yourself off a cliff."
  • "The essence of Christianity is told to us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, 'All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your f***ing mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions.'"
  • "The universe consists of 5% protons, 5% neutrons, 5% electrons and 85% morons."
  • "You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer."
  • "The guitar is the easiest instrument to play and the hardest to play well."
  • "Most people wouldn't know music if it came up and bit them on the ass."
  • "I'm the devil's advocate. We have our own worshipers."
  • "Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid."
  • "If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong."
  • "If you want to get together in any exclusive situation and have people love you, fine - but to hang all this desperate sociology on the idea of The Cloud-Guy who has The Big Book, who knows if you've been bad or good - and cares about any of it - to hang it all on that, folks, is the chimpanzee part of the brain working."
  • "The mainstream comes to you, but you have to go to the underground."
  • "Tobacco is my favorite vegetable."
  • "The first thing you have to do if you want to raise nice kids, is you have to talk to them like they are people instead of talking to them like they're property."
  • "The more you can escape from how horrible things really are, the less it's going to bother you…and then, the worse things get."
  • "The whole foundation of Christianity is based on the idea that intellectualism is the work of the Devil. Remember the apple on the tree? Okay, it was the Tree of Knowledge. 'You eat this apple, you're going to be as smart as God.' We can't have that."
  • "There is no such thing as a dirty word. Nor is there a word so powerful, that it's going to send the listener to the lake of fire upon hearing it."
  • "I searched for years I found no love. I'm sure that love will never be a product of plasticity."
  • "I'm not into all that peace and love stuff. I'm into 'Let's get some a** now!'"
  • "You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream."
  • "A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable."
  • "The mainstream comes to you, but you have to go to the underground."
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  • "There are only two things to remember. Number one, don't stop, and number two, keep going."
  • "If you're gonna do wrong, buddy, do wrong right."
  • "There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life."
  • "The computer can't tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what's missing is the eyebrows."
  • "What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business."
  • "The most important thing in art is The Frame. For painting: literally; for other arts: figuratively - because, without this humble appliance, you can't know where The Art stops and The Real World begins."
  • "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
  • "The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know."
  • "It's okay if you don't like every part of yourself, but it's not okay to destroy yourself."
  • "Music is the only religion that delivers the goods."
  • "Without music, life would be a mistake."
  • "Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny."
  • "The essence of Christianity is told us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions."
  • "The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced."
  • "You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer."
  • "The more boring a child is, the more the parents, when showing off the child, receive adulation for being good parents because they have a tame child-creature in their house."
  • "The universe consists of 5% protons, 5% neutrons, 5% electrons, and 85% morons."
  • "The whole music business in the United States is based on numbers that don't make any sense."
  • "It's better to have something to remember than anything to regret."
  • "A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable, and always unacceptable."
  • "The essence of Christianity is told us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your f***ing mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions."
  • "The more boring a child is, the more the parents, when showing off the child, receive adulation."
  • "There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something, we'd all love one another."
  • "So many books, so little time."
  • "It's not getting any smarter out there. You have to come to terms with stupidity and make it work for you."
  • "Remember: information is not knowledge; knowledge is not wisdom; wisdom is not truth; truth is not beauty; beauty is not love; love is not music; music is the best."
  • "Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read."
  • "I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird."
  • "A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it's not open."
  • "Stupidity has a certain charm - ignorance does not."
  • "You can't really be strong until you can see a funny side to things."
  • "Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you."
  • "A drug is not bad. A drug is a chemical compound. The problem comes in when people who take drugs treat them like a license to behave like an asshole."
  • "I believe that people have a right to decide their own destinies; people own themselves. I also believe that, in a democracy, government exists because (and only so long as) individual citizens give it a 'temporary license to exist'—in exchange for a promise that it will behave itself. In a democracy, you own the government—it doesn't own you."
  • "The universe operates by a code of conduct which is, frankly, unworthy of a supreme being."
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  • "Don't fool yourself by thinking that you're a man, because you're not; you're nothing."
  • "People make a lot of fuss about my kids having such supposedly 'strange names,' but the fact is that no matter what first names I might have given them, it is the last name that is going to get them in trouble."
  • "There's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over."
  • "I searched for years, I found no love. I'm sure that love will never be a product of plasticity."
  • "Modern Americans behave as if intelligence were some sort of hideous deformity."
  • "The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."
  • "I'm the devil's advocate. We have our own worship. He's super important to us."
  • "The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years."
  • "I think it is good that books still exist, but they do make me sleepy."
  • "It's okay if you don't like every note of a song or every frame of a movie. If you're busy dissecting every little thing, you'll miss the big picture."
  • "When you write music, you want it to be heard. You want it to be heard by people. If you make a record, it goes on the radio, and that's what happens."
  • "When God created Republicans, he gave up on everything else."
  • "I'm not black, but there's a whole lot of times I wish I could say I'm not white."
  • "It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia."
  • "The essence of Christianity is told us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the tree of knowledge. The subtext is, 'All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions.'"
  • "I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin."
  • "Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe."
  • "I believe every guitar player inherently has something unique about their playing. They just have to identify what makes them different and develop it."
  • "The mind is like a parachute; it doesn't work unless it's open."
  • "Music is the best."
  • "Don't eat the yellow snow."
  • "If you end up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it."
  • "People make music to get a reaction. Music is communication."
  • "You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say sometimes, so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream."
  • "The more boring a child is, the more the parents, when showing off the child, receive adulation for being good parents—because they have a tame child-creature in their house."
  • "If you want to be a real human being—get yourself a hobby."
  • "Anybody who wants religion is welcome to it as far as I'm concerned, I support your right to enjoy it. However, I would appreciate it if you exhibited more respect for the rights of those people who do not wish to share your dogma, rapture or necrodestination."
  • "Stupidity has a certain charm — ignorance does not."
  • "The most important thing in art is The Frame. For painting: literally; for other arts: figuratively — because, without this humble appliance, you can't know where The Art stops and The Real World begins."
  • "The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others."
  • "The creation and destruction of harmonic and 'statistical' tensions is essential to the maintenance of compositional drama. Any composition (or improvisation) which remains consonant and 'regular' throughout is, for me, equivalent to watching a movie with only 'good guys' in it, or eating cottage cheese."
  • "A true Zen saying: 'Nothing is what I want.'"
  • "If you're writing for percussion, you can't predict what's going to happen because no one has figured out a notation for twirls and rolls and crashes."
  • "If you want to be a real human being, a real woman, a real man, find something that makes you happy and think about it a lot."
  • "Remember there's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over."
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As we navigate the complexities of life, the Frank Zappa quotes continue to inspire us to approach the world with an open mind and a healthy dose of skepticism. They encourage us to seek knowledge, embrace creativity, and, above all, to remain unapologetically true to ourselves. In a world that often conforms to convention, Zappa's words remind us that it's okay to be different, to challenge the norms, and to embark on our own unique journeys of self-discovery and expression.

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