30 Frank Zappa Quotes On Life, Music & More

30 Frank Zappa Quotes On Life, Music & More

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Frank Zappa, a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and bandleader, was an iconic presence in rock music for most of the 1960s and 1990s. Doo-wop music and avant-garde classical music were among his many influences. While he led rock bands for most of his career, they were employed to create an unusual hybrid style that was both jazzy and serious, with orchestras sometimes joining in the fun.

His music was not complex, but his songs’ lyrics and song titles made it clear to everybody that they were inspired by provocative literature. These Frank Zappa quotes reflect the genius and legend that he was.

Frank Zappa Quotes

“No change in musical style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style. Rock is to dress up to.”

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“Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, uses that something to support their own existence.”

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“The computer can’t tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what’s missing is the eyebrows.”

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“Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.”

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“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”

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“The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse.”

“There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we’d all love one another.”

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“Art is making something out of nothing, and selling it.”

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“I searched for years I found no love. I’m sure that love will never be a product of plasticity.”

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“Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, uses that something to support their own existence.”

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“Music is the only religion that delivers the goods.”

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“So many books, so little time.”

“Music is always a commentary on society.”

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“Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.”

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SOURCE: THE REAL FRANK ZAPPA BOOK

“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.”

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“Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.”

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SOURCE: THE REAL FRANK ZAPPA BOOK

“A wise man once said, never discuss philosophy or politics in a disco environment.”

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“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.”

“One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.”

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“The richest people in the world aren’t particularly smart or happy. And the happiest people in the world aren’t particularly smart or rich.”

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“It gets harder the more you know. Because the more you find out the uglier everything seems.”

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“You can bet everything will come to an end. It’s going to be ugly and it’s going to be a mess, and it’s going to be something that somebody did in the name of God.”

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“My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can.”

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SOURCE: THE REAL FRANK ZAPPA BOOK
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“There’s a big difference between kneeling down and bending over.”
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“It’s better to have something to remember than anything to regret.”

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SOURCE: THE REAL FRANK ZAPPA BOOK

“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.”

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SOURCE: THE REAL FRANK ZAPPA BOOK

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”

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“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.”

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“Most people don’t think I’m rational. They’re too busy featuring their hurt. They find it irrational not to feature your hurt. That’s how fucked up they are.”

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Frank Zappa Quotes
“Reality is what it is, not what you want it to be.”

Incidentally, even after his death, Frank Zappa’s music lived on. Gail Zappa was able to put together the posthumous albums from a massive archive of studio and live recordings that Frank Zappa had made. So, as long as Zappa fans are interested in purchasing these albums, there’s no sign of ending for his music. The aforementioned quotes shed light on the fascinating personality of Frank Zappa.

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