Words matter. These are the best Hugh Hefner Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
For me, the magazine was always the heart of what my life was all about, and the other half was living the life.
People get their information in different ways now. And we are a little poorer for it, because the way you get information affects what you learn.
I have about 100 pairs of pajamas. I like to see people dressed comfortably.
The notion of the single man began in the 1950’s. The idea of the bachelor as a separate life was new and obscure.
Even when I was young, I said age is largely a state of mind if you’re healthy.
I looked back on the roaring Twenties – with its jazz, ‘Great Gatsby,’ and the pre-Code films – as a party I had somehow managed to miss. After World War Two, I expected something similar, a return to the period after the first war, but when the skirt lengths went down instead of up, I knew we were in big trouble.
I was writing and cartooning and writing short stories from grade school on.
The Westwood Cemetery is just a few blocks from my home, and a number of my very dear friends are buried there.
I’m never going to grow up. Staying young is what it is all about for me.
With the rabbit as our emblem, when we got to the point in 1960 of opening the first Playboy Club… one of our executives suggested the possibility of a bunny costume. We tried it out, and I made some modifications – added the cuffs and the bow tie and collar – and the bunny was born.
I remain very much connected to my childhood… I have never been too jaded or too sophisticated.
I think that retirement is the first step towards the grave.
Historically the Puritans left England to escape religious persecution, and they promptly turned around and started persecuting the people they didn’t agree with – the scarlet letter A, and the stocks and the dunking board came from that. That puritanism is still there.
I have been married twice, and those were not the happiest times of my life. Part of the problem, quite frankly, is that when you get married, the romance disappears and the children arrive and the love is transferred. It shouldn’t be that way, but too often it is transferred to the children.
I don’t have dinner parties – I eat my dinner in bed.
The difference between Marilyn Monroe and the early Pamela Anderson is not that great.
The interesting thing is how one guy, through living out his own fantasies, is living out the fantasies of so many other people.
I’m actually a very moral guy.
I’m not an active feminist: I’m an active humanist.
My folks were raised pure prohibitionist. They were very good people, with high moral standards – but very repressed. There was no hugging and kissing in my home.
It is women who have traditionally, historically been given non-human roles, perceived as simply the daughters of Eve, perceived as either Madonna or whore. And I think that it is the sexual revolution that plays one part in female emancipation.
Picasso had his pink period and his blue period. I am in my blonde period right now.
It’s good to be selfish. But not so self-centered that you never listen to other people.
Being attacked by right-wing Christians did not bother me. Being attacked by liberal feminists did.
I was an absent dad. Once the magazine started, I really had two families. The dream was the magazine. I worked through the night all the time.
If I ever try to get married again, shoot me.
Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.
Surrounding myself with beautiful women keeps me young.
Ageism is a variation of racism or sexism, all the other isms.
To pursue your dreams, to have them come true, to have made a difference, to have changed society, to have fought against powerful forces… that’s a life well-spent.
Part of the concept behind the magazine was breaking barriers. And it wasn’t just a sexual thing. It was racial and doing the things that were right. And in the process, that set ‘Playboy’ apart.
You know, from my point of view, I’m the luckiest cat on the planet.
It’s hard to really compare new love and old love.