Frank Zappa Quotes

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Frank Vincent Zappa was a musician known for the song 'Dancing Fool' and giving funny names like Dweezil to his kids.

He indirectly inspired the band Deep Purple to write their hit song 'Smoke on the Water' which they based on a fire during a Frank Zappa gig in Montreux.

Born December 21, 1940
Died December 04, 1993

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Best 161 Quotes by Frank Zappa

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

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“A true Zen saying: Nothing is what I want.”

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

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“After all, he wrote this book here, and in the book it says he made us all to be just like him! So if we're dumb, then God is dumb — and maybe even a little ugly on the side.”

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“All music is good. It fulfills a social function. It's like wallpaper to your lifestyle. It defines what you are.”

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“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.”

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“All your children are poor unfortunate victims of systems beyond their control.”

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“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.”

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“Anyone who is disturbed by the idea of newts in a nightclub is potentially dangerous.”

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“Anything Anytime Anyplace For No Reason At All (or AAAFNRAA)”

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

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“Be a jerk - go to work,
be a jerk - go to work,
be a jerk - go to work,
be a jerk - go to work,
do your job, and do it right,
life's a ball, TV tonight.”

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“Beauty is a pair of shoes that makes you wanna die.”

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“Behind each breakaway movement is a breakaway demagogue who will set up his breakaway demagogue government.”

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“Being alive is so weird.”

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“Being interviewed is one of the most abnormal things that you can do to somebody else. It's two steps removed from the Inquisition.”

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“Books are good for lots of uses, not for dropping in the toilet.”

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“Call any vegetable,
call it by name,
and the chances are good
that the vegetable will respond to you.”

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“Certification from one source or another seems to be the most important thing to people all over the world. A piece of paper from a school that says you’re smart, a pat on the head from your parents that says you’re good or some reinforcement from your peers that makes you think what you’re doing is worthwhile. People are just waiting around to get certified.”

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“Classical music is this music that was written by a bunch of dead people a long time ago. And it's formula music, the same as top forty music is formula music. In order to have a piece be classical, it has to conform to academic standards that were the current norms of that day and age. I think that people are entitled to be amused, and entertained. If they see deviations from this classical norm, it's probably good for their mental health.”

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“Classical musicians go to the conservatories, rock´n roll musicians go to the garages.”

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“Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.”

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“Do you think you are protecting somebody by taking away seven words?”

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“Don't eat the yellow snow.”

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“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. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read.”

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“Drugs will turn you into your parents.”

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“Every socialistic type of government produces bad art, produces social inertia, produces really unhappy people, and it's more repressive than any other kind of government.”

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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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“Everything on this planet has something to do with music. Music functions in the realm of sculptured air. Polluted as our atmosphere might be, air is the thing that makes music work. Since all other things that occur in the sound domain are transmitted to the ear through that swirling mass, depending on how wide you want to make your definition, you could perceive quite a bit of human experience in terms of music.”

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“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.”

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“Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.”

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“Hey, you know something people? I'm not black. But there's a whole lots a times
I wish I could say I'm not white.”

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“I don't do drugs, nor have I ever believed in them. Am I a creative person? Then why do people think in order to be creative one must do drugs? Actually, I think people take them as an excuse to screw up in public, y'know, spill things or get silly. Drugs have slowed down civilization because we have to wait for people to get off their high before we can resume. They are the millstone around society's neck.”

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“I don't give a fuck if they remember me at all.”

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“I don't think it's any accident that the educational system in America has been brought to its current state. Because only a totally uneducated mass of people will be baffled by balloons and yellow ribbons and little flags and buzz words and guys saying "new world order" and shit like that, I mean, only a person who has been dissuaded from any kind of critical thinking and doesn't know geography, doesn't know the English language - I mean if you can't speak English, then this stuff works on you.”

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“I feel a lot of people don't know what high school is - including those who are in it. My material is provided to give them some perspective. People are stupid. They never stop to question things. They just accept. Can you imagine a nation who never questions the validity of cheerleaders and pom-poms?”

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“I have an important message to deliver to all the cute people all over the world. If you're out there and you're cute, maybe you're beautiful. I just want to tell you somethin' — there's more of us ugly motherfuckers than you are, hey-y, so watch out.”

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“I have four children, and I want them to grow up in a country that has a working First Amendment.”

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“I like to watch the news, because I don't like people very much and when you watch the news... if you ever had an idea that people were really terrible, you could watch the news and know that you're right.”

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“I love the guitar, always have. I can relate to it a lot better than a saxophone.”

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“I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird.”

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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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“I think it's really tragic when people get serious about stuff. It's such an absurdity to take anything really seriously... I make an honest attempt not to take anything seriously: I worked that attitude out about the time I was eighteen, I mean, what does it all mean when you get right down to it, what's the story here? Being alive is so weird.”

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“I think that any artistic decision that is based on whether or not you are going to make money it is not really an artistic decision. It is a business decision.”

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“I think that if a person doesn't feel cynical then they're out of phase with the 20th century. Being cynical is the only way to deal with modern civilization — you can't just swallow it whole.”

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“I think that if you use the so-called 'strong words' you'll get your point across faster and you can save a lot of beating around the bush. Why are people so afraid of words? Sometimes the dumbest thing that gets said makes the point for you.”

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“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. One good believable song about some guy’s girlfriend and how they broke up — a sincere one — is better than twenty albums of English rock that’s ever been produced.”

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“I write what I like to write. Those who like to listen to it, listen to it. And the ones who don’t, watch football and drink beer, jog, go to discos and so forth. I never claimed to be a man for all seasons.”

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“I wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone's teeth get cleaner?”

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“I'm a dancing fool.”

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“I'm probably more famous for sitting on the toilet than for anything else that I do.”

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“I'm vile and perverted.
I'm obsessed and deranged.
I've existed for years but very little has changed.
I'm the tool of the government and industry too.
For I'm destined to rule and regulate you.
You may think I'm pernicious, but you can't look away.
I'll make you think I'm delicious with the stuff that I say.
I'm the best you can get, have you guessed me yet?
I'm the slime oozing out of your TV set.”

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“If a person wants to write music and lyrics, he has a perfect right to express his views on a certain subject. I would feel wrong if I were to express anything that I didn’t believe in.”

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“If we cannot be free, we can at least be cheap.”

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“If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.”

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“If your children ever find out how lame you really are, they'll murder you in your sleep.”

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“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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“Interviewer: 'So Frank, you have long hair. Does that make you a woman?'
Frank Zappa: 'You have a wooden leg. Does that make you a table?'”

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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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“It has never mattered to me that thirty million people might think I'm wrong. The number of people who thought Hitler was right did not make him 'right'. The same principle should be applied to anyone who has an individualistic attitude. Why do you necessarily have to be wrong just because a few million people think you are?”

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“It would be easier to pay off the national debt overnight than to neutralize the long-range effects of our national stupidity.”

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“It's amazing that schools still offer courses in musical composition. What a useless thing to spend money on – to take a course in college to learn how to be a modern composer! No matter how good the course is, when you get out, what the fuck will you do for a living? The easiest thing to do is become a composition teacher yourself, spreading 'the disease' to the next generation.”

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“Jazz isn't dead. It just smells funny.”

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“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.”

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“Just because somebody hears something you say, or reads something that you write, doesn’t mean you’ve reached them. With reading comprehension being what it is in the U. S., you can safely toss that one out the window. If you want to judge by the listening habits of people who buy records, the first thing they do is put it on and talk over it.”

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“Let's not be too rough on our own ignorance; it's what makes America great!”

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“lf you’re going to deal with reality, you’re going to have to make one big discovery: Reality is something that belongs to you as an individual. If you wanna grow up, which most people don’t, the thing to do is take responsibility for your own reality and deal with it on your own terms. Don’t expect that because you pay some money to somebody else or take a pledge or join a club or run down the street or wear a special bunch of clothes or play a certain sport or even drink Perrier water, it’s going to take care of everything for you. Because it all comes from inside. As a matter of fact, that’s where it stays.”

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“May your shit come to life and kiss you on the face.”

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“Modern Americans behave as if intelligence were some sort of hideous deformity.”

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“Most people don't bother about their friends in the vegetable kingdom.”

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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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“Most people wouldn't know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.”

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“Music is always a commentary on society.”

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“Music is the best.”

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

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“Music without the ebb and flow would be like watching a film with only good guys in it.”

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“Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.”

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“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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“Nobody looks good with brown lipstick on”

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“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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“One of the things that determines the curriculum in music schools is: which of the current fashions in modern music gets the most grant money from the mysterious benefactors in Foundation-Land.”

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“One of the things that was taken out of the curriculum was civics. Civics was a class that used to be required before you could graduate from high school. You were taught what was in the U.S. Constitution. And after all the student rebellions in the '60s, civics was banished from the student curriculum and was replaced by something called social studies. Here we live in a country that has a fabulous constitution and all these guarantees, a contract between the citizens and the government - nobody knows what's in it. It's one of the best kept secrets. And so, if you don't know what your rights are, how can you stand up for them? And furthermore, if you don't know what is in that document, how can you care if someone is shredding it?”

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“One size does not fit all.”

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“Organized religions by their very natures are misleading. The bottom line is always money. What that’s got to do with your spiritual well-being still eludes me. It’s always the bucks, no matter how they disguise it. If you need that sort of assistance to keep yourself together, you may be paying a higher rate to a fake religion than you would to a psychotherapist. Which is not to say that a psychotherapist is going to give you any better value per dollar either.”

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“People have preposterous ideas about what those songs are about and what the music means. They start spouting all this shit that’s so far off the mark, it’s revolting. But if that’s how they derive pleasure, who am I to deprive them of it? Let ’em enjoy it. It’s there for their edification. But total comprehension is out of the question.”

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“Power will be maintained by the groovy guy or gal who gets the most media coverage for his sleaze. Naturally, his friends in various businesses will do okay, too.”

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“Republicans stand for raw, unbridled evil and greed and ignorance smothered in balloons and ribbons.”

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“Schools train you to be ignorant with style. They prepare you to be a usable victim for a military industrial complex that needs manpower. As long as you're just smart enough to do a job and just dumb enough to swallow what they feed you, you're going to be alright. So I believe that schools mechanically and very specifically try and breed out any hint of creative thought in the kids that are coming up.”

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“Scientology, how about that? You hold on to the tin cans and then this guy asks you a bunch of questions, and if you pay enough money you get to join the master race. How's that for a religion?”

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“So many books, so little time.”

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“So much gets lost in the translation. Even if you sat there listening to it with a microscope, there’s no way you’re gonna find out what it means.”

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“Some people like cupcakes but I for one, couldn't care less for them!”

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“Sometimes a radio station will get ONE phone call from one person who screams that he is going to complain to the FCC. Instead of the guy at the station thinking about how many listeners love the song, want to hear it again, and will support the station for playing it, usually the guy panics – and takes my records off the air. I object that.”

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“Stupidity has a certain charm - ignorance does not.”

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“Take the Kama Sutra. How many people died from the Kama Sutra as opposed to the Bible? Who wins?”

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“The biggest threat to America today is not communism. It's moving America toward a fascist theocracy, and everything that's happened during the Reagan administration is steering us right down that pipe. I really think that. When you have a government that prefers a certain moral code derived from a certain religion and that moral code turns into legislation to suit one certain religious point of view, and if that code happens to be very, very right wing, almost toward Attila the Hun.”

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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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“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.”

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“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.”

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“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”

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“The lifestyle that I have is probably neither desirable nor useful to most people. Most people are probably better off getting the certification they desire and spindling their lives away the way they’re doing. I don’t think they’d enjoy living any other way.”

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“The manner in which Americans 'consume' music has a lot to do with leaving it on their coffee tables, or using it as wallpaper for their lifestyles, like the score of a movie –it's consumed that way without any regard for how and why it's made.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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. You have to put a 'box' around it because otherwise, what is that shit on the wall?”

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“The most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with somebody else's life.”

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“The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own.”

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“The price of meat has just gone up and your old lady has just gone down.”

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

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“The thing that makes my music unusual is that people only hear one kind of music all the time over the radio. It’s wallpaper to their lives. Audile wallpaper. There’s one acceptable beat and there are three acceptable chord progressions. There are five acceptable words: baby, love, tears, yat yat. Just because I don’t deal in those terms doesn’t mean I’m weird. So tell these people: I ain’t weird; I’m rational. I’m a person who can choose to write stuff like that, or choose to write stuff that includes all the notes on the piano played at once, followed by a cement truck driving over the piano, followed by a small atomic explosion. Nothing weird about that as long as you do it in a meaningful way.”

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“The U.S. is a mere pup tent of a civilization. We’ve got two hundred years of stupidity behind us and we think we’re right up there with everyone else who’s been doing it for thousands of years.”

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“The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced.”

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“The universe consists of 5% protons, 5% neutrons, 5% electrons and 85% morons.”

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“The white zone is for loading and unloading only. If you gotta load or unload, go to the white zone.”

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“Their stupidity does not amaze me, its when they're smart that amazes me. It's baffling whenever you find someone who's smart — incredible. Soon you'll have zoos for such things.”

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“There are a lot of things that I can do to earn a living and a lot of things that I have already done to earn a living which produce the amount of capital needed to do this project. I came here to spend money on an English orchestra and record my music, so I can take it home and I can listen to it. And if somebody else likes that kind of stuff, I will make it available on a record so that they can hear it. That is my part of the public service of spending the money to make this event happen. No foundation grant, no government assistance, no corporation, no comittee. Just a crazy guy who spent the money to hire English musicians to do a concert at the Barbican and make an album for Barking Pumpkin Records.”

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“There are millions of people who acquire all sorts of wonderful feelings from watching a football game and drinking a bottle of beer. It makes them really happy. Doesn’t do shit for me. But for them it’s life itself. As long as they can believe in the beer and the football, then they’ve really got something. And it’s probably more useful to them than religion. So why take it away? Why tell them what’s really going on? Let ’em be happy.”

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“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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“There are only two things to remember. Number one: don’t Stop, and number two: keep going!”

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“There are three things that smell of fish. One of them is fish. The other two are growing on you!”

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“There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

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“There is no hell. France exists.”

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“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.”

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“There isn’t anything weird about my music. Weird is a skeleton in the closet, wearing a rubber mask with warts all over its nose, and all that kind of shit. That’s not what I do.”

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“There's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over.”

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“There’s no reason to assume that my idea of what‘s better would really be better.”

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“To me, absurdity is the only reality.”

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“Tobacco is my favorite vegetable.”

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“We live in a very special time right now. At no other time in history has there been such mass disillusionment in terms of reliance on governing functions. Most people don’t want to come to terms with that. It’s been proven over and over again that the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes, but most people don’t like to look at naked emperors. In the process of turning around to avert their eyes, they saw the discotheques and a few other things and latched onto them.”

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“Well I think that progress is not possible without deviation. And I think that it's important that people be aware of some of the creative ways in which some of their fellow men are deviating from the norm, because in some instances they might find these deviations inspiring and might suggest further deviations which might cause progress, you never know.”

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“Well, I'm not here to impinge on anybody else's lifestyle. If I'm in a place where I know I'm going to harm somebody's health or somebody asks me to please not smoke, I just go outside and smoke. But I do resent the way the nonsmoking mentality has been imposed on the smoking minority. Because, first of all, in a democracy, minorities do have rights. And, second, the whole pitch about smoking has gone from being a health issue to a moral issue, and when they reduce something to a moral issue, it has no place in any kind of legislation, as far as I'm concerned.”

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“Well, in this world of basic stereotyping, give a guy a big nose and some weird hair and he is capable of anything.”

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“When God created Republicans, he gave up on everything else.”

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“Who are the brain police?”

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“Why do you necessarily have to be wrong just because a few million people think you are?”

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

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“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”

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“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.”

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“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 in the very least you need a beer.”

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“You know, people are basically shitty. It’s when they prove it over and over again that it gets obnoxious.”

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“You've got to be digging it while it's happening 'cause it just might be a one shot deal.”

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“A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.”

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“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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“Children are naive — they trust everyone. School is bad enough, but, if you put a child anywhere in the vicinity of a church, you're asking for trouble.”

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“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.”

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“For the record, folks; I never took a shit on stage and the closest I ever came to eating shit anywhere was at a Holiday Inn buffet in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1973.”

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“Gail has said in interviews that one of the things that makes our relationship work is the fact that we hardly ever get to talk to each other.”

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“I detest love lyrics. I think one of the causes of bad mental health in the United States is that people have been raised on love lyrics.”

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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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“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. Eventually within the next quarter of a century, the nostalgia cycles will be so close together that people will not be able to take a step without being nostalgic for the one they just took. At that point, everything stops. Death by nostalgia.”

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“It's better to have something to remember than anything to regret.”

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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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“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.”

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“The bassoon is one of my favorite instruments. It has a medieval aroma, like the days when everything used to sound like that. Some people crave baseball... I find this unfathomable, but I can easily understand why a person could get excited about playing the bassoon.”

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“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.”

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“The Ultimate Rule ought to be: 'If it sounds good to you, it's bitchin'; if it sounds bad to you, it's shitty. The more your musical experience, the easier it is to define for yourself what you like and what you don't like. American radio listeners, raised on a diet of _____ (fill in the blank), have experienced a musical universe so small they cannot begin to know what they like.”

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“What I think is very cynical about some rock and roll songs – especially today – is the way they say: "Let's make love." What the fuck kind of wussy says shit like that in the real world? You ought to be able to say "Let's go fuck", or at least "Let's go fill-in-the-blank" – but you gotta say "Let's make love" in order to get on the radio. This creates a semantic corruption, by changing the context in which the word 'love' is used in the song.”

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“When they get into drooling about love as a romantic concept – especially in the lyrics of sensitive singer/songwriter types – that's another shove in the direction of bad mental health.”

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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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“You're a young kid and you hear all those love lyrics, right? Your parents aren't telling you the truth about love, and you can't really learn about it in school. You're getting the bulk of your behaviour norms mapped out for you in the lyrics to some dumb fucking love song. It's a subconscious training that creates desire for an imaginary situation which will never exist for you. People who buy into that mythology go through life feeling that they got cheated out of something.”

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