The Best Frank Zappa quotes

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In the world of rock ‘n’ roll, there are few names as iconic as Frank Zappa. Though he died more than two decades ago, his music and influence continue to be felt by artists of all genres. This week, we take a look at the life and work of this legendary musician. From his early days playing in bar bands to his final recordings released shortly before his death, Zappa’s music was always groundbreaking and uncompromising. Whether you’re a fan of his music or not, it’s hard to deny Zappa’s impact on popular culture.

Here are the most interesting Music, Love, Time, Life, World, Rocks quotes from Frank Zappa, and much more.


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About Frank Zappa

birth of the author

December 21, 1940

death of the author

December 4, 1993

occupation of the author

Musician, Composer, Songwriter, Bandleader

date of the author

Years Active:

country of the author

Los Angeles, California, U.S.

genre of the author

Rock, Blues, Experimental, Jazz, Classical, Pop And More.

instrument of the author

Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Synclavier, Synthesizer, Keyboards And More.

institution of the author

Verve, Bizarre, Straight, Discreet, Zappa, Barking Pumpkin And More.

productions of the author

Associated Acts:
The Mothers Of Invention, Captain Beefheart

website of the author



Unbind your mind, there is no time. โ€” Frank Zappa

The disgusting stink of a tooโ€“loud electric guitar; now that’s my idea of a good time. โ€” Frank Zappa

Whatever you have to do to have a good time, let’s get on with it, so long as it doesn’t cause a murder. โ€” Frank Zappa

So many books, so little time. โ€” Frank Zappa

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A composer’s job involves the decoration of fragments of time. โ€” Frank Zappa

They tried to make me go to Catholic school, too. I lasted a very short time. When the penguin came after me with a ruler, I was out of there. โ€” Frank Zappa


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Find you a bridge and take a jump. Just make certain you do it right the first time, cause nothing’s worse than a suicide chump. โ€” Frank Zappa

Moses, Aaron, Abraham, they’re all a waste of time. It’s your ass that’s on the line. โ€” Frank Zappa

My school spirit is at an all time low, I’m losing my status at the school. โ€” Frank Zappa

the disgusting stink of a too loud electric guitar now that s my idea of a good time Frank Zappa quote

Actually, I don’t get to do it (watch 5 or so news shows) every day, but I manage to do it at least 5 times a week. And the rest of the time I’m doing interviews. I do an amazing amount of interviews. โ€” Frank Zappa


There isn’t anything weird about my music. โ€” Frank Zappa

Music is always a commentary on society. โ€” Frank Vincent Zappa

Jazz is the music of unemployment. โ€” Frank Zappa

I write the music I like. If other people like it, fine, they can go buy the albums. And if they don’t like it, there’s always Michael Jackson for them to listen to. โ€” Frank Zappa

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If classical music is the state of the art, then the arts are in a sad state. โ€” Frank Zappa

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something. โ€” Frank Vincent Zappa

Music is the most physically inspiring of all the arts. โ€” Frank Zappa

Most people wouldn’t know music if it came up and bit them on the ass. โ€” Frank Vincent Zappa

Everything on this planet has something to do with music. Music functions in the realm of sculptured air. โ€” Frank Zappa

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Classical music is this music that was written by a bunch of dead people a long time ago. โ€” Frank Zappa

I think pop music has done more for oral intercourse than anything else that has ever happened, and vice versa. โ€” Frank Zappa

Music is the only religion that delivers the goods. โ€” Frank Zappa

Modern music is people who can’t think signing artists who can’t write songs to make records for people who can’t hear. โ€” Frank Zappa

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. โ€” Frank Zappa

Just be glad you don’t live in one of those little countries where at this very moment, music is severely restricted, or as it is in Iran, totally illegal. โ€” Frank Zappa

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture. โ€” Frank Zappa

All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff. โ€” Frank Vincent Zappa

I think the music of the Fifties is really good. I suspect it’s much better musically than much of what’s available now. Not in terms of production, but in terms of content. โ€” Frank Zappa

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

I don’t think there’s a problem. First of all, I don’t think music turns people into social liabilities. Because you hear a lyric โ€” Frank Zappa

The soul of our music, The Monkees’ music, lies somewhere inbetween the 1 1/2 , the 2 1/2, the 3 3/4 and th giant Cโ€“major chord on the piano! โ€” Frank Zappa

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.โ€ฆ That leaves me making music. But we can’t talk about that. โ€” Frank Zappa

Believe it or not, there are places in the world where music is important. There are places in the world where all the arts are a matter of national pride. โ€” Frank Zappa

Our criminal institutions are full of creeps like you who do wrong things, and many of them were driven to these crimes by the horrible force called music. โ€” Frank Zappa


In your dreams you can see yourself as a prophet saving the world. โ€” Frank Zappa

Fact of the matter is, there is no hip world, there is no straight world. There’s a world, you see which has people in it who believe a variety of different things. โ€” Frank Zappa

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The most important thing in art is The Frame. For painting: literally; for other arts: figurativelyโ€“because without this humble appliance, you can’t know where The Art stops and The Real World begins. โ€” Frank Zappa

It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or iceโ€“โ€“there are two other possibilIties one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia. โ€” Frank Zappa

Reality is what it is, not what you want it to be. โ€” Frank Zappa

in your dreams you can see yourself as a prophet saving the world Frank Zappa quote

Wisdom is not the domain of the Wiz. โ€” Frank Zappa


If lyrics make people do things, how come we don’t love each other? โ€” Frank Zappa

There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we’d all love one another. โ€” Frank Vincent Zappa

If you really love guitar, you’re going to spend every waking hour stroking the thing. โ€” Frank Zappa

Love of my life, I love you so. Love of my life, don’t ever go. โ€” Frank Zappa

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I think love lyrics have contributed to the general aura of bad mental health in America. โ€” Frank Zappa

Out on a 30 day tour, you got nothing, but groupies and promoters to love you. โ€” Frank Zappa

I searched for years I found no love. I’m sure that love will never be a product of plasticity. โ€” Frank Vincent Zappa

I hit you and I beat you and I told you that I love you. โ€” Frank Zappa

The universe consists of 5% protons, 5% neutrons, 5% electrons and 85% morons. โ€” Frank Zappa

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I’m not going to be Bill Clinton and say I never inhaled. I did inhale. I liked tobacco a lot better. โ€” Frank Zappa

I enjoy irritating the people who enjoy being irritated. โ€” Frank Zappa


The most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with somebody else’s life. โ€” Frank Zappa

I don’t want to spend my life explaining myself. You either get it, or you don’t. โ€” Frank Zappa

There is more stupidity then hydrogen in the universe and it has a longer shelf life. โ€” Frank Zappa

the most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with somebody else s life Frank Zappa quote

She lives in Mojave in a Winnebago. His name is Bobby, he looks like a potato. โ€” Frank Zappa

Stuff up the cracks, turn on the gas, I’m gonna take my life. โ€” Frank Zappa

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. โ€” Frank Zappa


Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read. โ€” Frank Vincent Zappa

The typical rock fan is not smart enough to know when he is being dumped on. โ€” Frank Zappa

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Classical musicians go to the conservatories, rockยดn roll musicians go to the garages. โ€” Frank Zappa

The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse. โ€” Frank Zappa

Rock music was never written for or performed for conservative tastes. โ€” Frank Zappa

Definition of rock journalism: People who can’t write, doing interviews with people who can’t think, in order to prepare articles for people who can’t read. โ€” 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. โ€” Frank Vincent Zappa

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