767 – “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.”

–Frank Zappa

Quote Number:  151

Source: Frank Zappa. Directed by Roelof Kiers. VPRO-TV (Netherlands), February 11, 1971. Transcript Online Here. Video Online Here.

Source Notes: This is also likely the source for this quote, which may be an original paraphrase from a later interview: “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. In order to deviate successfully, one has to have at least a passing acquaintance with whatever norm one expects to deviate from.”


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