Quotes by Frank Zappa


Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
– Frank Zappa
All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.
– Frank Zappa
I searched for years I found no love. I'm sure that love will never be a product of plasticity.
– Frank Zappa
Most people wouldn't know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.
– Frank Zappa
Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read.
– Frank Zappa
Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
– Frank Zappa
No change in musical style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style. Rock is to dress up to.
– Frank Zappa
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.
– Frank Zappa
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.
– Frank Zappa
The computer can't tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what's missing is the eyebrows.
– Frank Zappa
The sad think about the Sixties was the weak-mindedness of the so-called radicals and the way that they managed to get co-opted. I think one of the things that helped that happen was LSD. It's the only chemical known to mankind that will covert a hippy to a yuppie.
– Frank Zappa
There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.
– Frank Zappa
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.
– Frank Zappa
Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, use that something to support their own existence.
– Frank Zappa
In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
– Frank Zappa
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
– Frank Zappa
Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.
– Frank Zappa
Music is always a commentary on society.
– Frank Zappa
If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.
– Frank Zappa
Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.
– Frank Zappa