Hugh M. Hefner, the Playboy Founder and Editor-in-Chief, was born on April 9, 1926, in Chicago and was a key figure in the sexual revolution, fighting for First Amendment and civil rights.
He created spaces for diverse voices when other media outlets suppressed them, turning Playboy into an international platform that rebelled against cultural norms and advocated for individual freedoms.
Hefner conducted in-depth interviews with prominent visionaries, shedding light on pressing social issues.
In response to racial and sexual conflicts, he created the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation in 1964 to guarantee individual rights.
Through the Playboy Foundation, Hefner sponsored lower-court cases leading to Roe v. Wade and challenged government institutions, earning him honors from the NAACP, ACLU, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and others.
In 2017, Hefner and his daughter, Christie, received a Free Expression Award.
I have picked the top quotes from Hugh Hefner.
Best Hugh Hefner Quotes
What surprises me about getting older is that I remain so young. ~ Hugh Hefner.
You know, from my point of view, I’m the luckiest cat on the planet. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I’m never going to grow up. Staying young is what it is all about for me. ~ Hugh Hefner.
They must be doing something right up there in Canada. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I think that sexual oppression and dictatorship go hand in hand. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I always say now that I’m in my blonde years. Because since the end of my marriage, all of my girlfriends have been blonde. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Life is bittersweet. Inside our heads, if we’re lucky, we’re the same kids as we were when we were young. ~ Hugh Hefner.
The whole 1950s notion was find the right girl, get married, move to the suburbs and then hang out with the guys while she stayed home with the babies. I felt that was sort of sad. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I have very strong theories about magazine publishing. And I think that it is the most personal form of journalism. And I think that a magazine is an old friend. ~ Hugh Hefner.
At a very early age I started a cartoon scrapbook, actually when I was in high school. And it became, in turn, a scrapbook of my life. And there are about 2,000 volumes. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Since time immemorial, youth has set the universal standard of physical beauty, and the reason is simply that a shapely firm young face and body are more attractive sexually and aesthetically than bulges, sags and wrinkles. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Top Hugh Hefner Quotes
Picasso had his pink period and his blue period. I am in my blonde period right now. ~ Hugh Hefner.
The Westwood Cemetery is just a few blocks from my home, and a number of my very dear friends are buried there. ~ Hugh Hefner.
My life is an open book. With illustrations. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I would like to think that I will be remembered as someone who had some positive impact on the sociosexual values of his time. And I think I’m secure and happy in that. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I think age, if you are healthy, I think age is largely a number. My mother lived to be 101. So I’m planning on another quarter century. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I think that retirement is the first step towards the grave. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I guess I’m the most successful man I know. I wouldn’t trade places with anybody in the world. ~ Hugh Hefner.
The notion of the single man began in the 1950’s. The idea of the bachelor as a separate life was new and obscure. ~ Hugh Hefner.
There are many roads to Mecca. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I am in very good health. I’ve never felt better. ~ Hugh Hefner.
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. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I’m actually a very moral guy. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Follow your own particular dreams. We are handed a life by peers, parents and society, you can do that or follow your own dreams. Life is short, be a dreamer but be a practical person. ~ Hugh Hefner.
The people who had the most impact on me when I was young were Freud and Darwin, but growing up I also had my film idols. ~ Hugh Hefner.
We’re separated by our myths. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Inspirational Hugh Hefner Quotes
I am not primarily an entrepreneurial businessman. I’m primarily a playboy philosopher. ~ Hugh Hefner.
As Ray Bradbury – a longtime contributor to Playboy – said a long time ago, a lot of people, when they’re talking about the contents of the magazine, they don’t see the forest. People don’t see the other part of my life because they’re too fascinated with the girls. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Living in the moment, thinking about the future, and staying connected to the past: That’s what makes me feel whole. ~ Hugh Hefner.
You really don’t create an authoritarian society unless you control the personal choices including the sexual choices of the people. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I was a very idealistic, very romantic kid in a very typically Midwestern Methodist repressed home. There was no show of affection of any kind, and I escaped to dreams and fantasies produced, by and large, by the music and the movies of the ’30s. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Power has not corrupted me. I have not become jaded. I wake up every day well aware of my good fortune, loving the work I do, loving my life, realizing that life is a crapshoot and I’m on a roll second to none. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I’m not an active feminist: I’m an active humanist. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I always think, quite frankly that pop culture is a lot more important than a lot of people realize. ~ Hugh Hefner.
The phenomena there is something in us that on the one hand bonds us with like people but somehow makes us suspicious of other people. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Thoughtful Hugh Hefner Quotes
I think that the major message of my life and what I hope to be remembered for is someone who managed to change the social sexual values of his time absolutely. ~ Hugh Hefner.
My first wife was a brunette, and Barbi Benton, my major romantic relationship of the early 1970s, was a brunette. But since the end of my marriage, all of my girlfriends have been blonds. ~ Hugh Hefner.
If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society then the reverse was wrong, too. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Creating my own world in a comic or selling my first penny newspaper aged nine was a way of gaining recognition and acceptance by my peers. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I’ve had death threats, but I’ve never been fearful for my life. Although I have traveled with security since the ’60s. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Several girlfriends are easier to handle than one wife. ~ Hugh Hefner.
The difference between Marilyn Monroe and the early Pamela Anderson is not that great. ~ Hugh Hefner.
The business end of business has never interested me. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Part of the sexual revolution is bringing rationality to sexuality – because when you don’t embrace sexuality in a normal way, you get the twisted kinds, and the kinds that destroy lives. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Motivational Hugh Hefner Quotes
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. ~ Hugh Hefner.
People project their own dreams, fantasies, and prejudices onto my life. So people are either fans, or jealous, or disagree. Everybody marches to a different drummer. ~ Hugh Hefner.
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. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I have no plans to retire. It’s the perfect combination of work and play that keeps you young. If I quit work it would be the beginning of the end for me. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I truly believe that age – if you’re healthy – age is just a number. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I felt quite frankly having been raised during the depression and looking back at the roaring twenties, the jazz age, which was a very magic timer in my mind because it was something that I had missed. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I have about 100 pairs of pajamas. I like to see people dressed comfortably. ~ Hugh Hefner.
If a beautiful women expressed interest in me and my company, I don’t really probe their motivations. Call me shallow. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Wise Hugh Hefner Quotes
One of the problems with organized religion is that it has always kept women in a second-class position. They have been viewed as the daughters of Eve. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Being attacked by right-wing Christians did not bother me. Being attacked by liberal feminists did. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Smoking helped put me in touch with the realm of the senses. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I dreamed impossible dreams. And the dreams turned out beyond anything I could possibly imagine. You know, from my point of view, I’m the luckiest cat on the planet. ~ Hugh Hefner.
In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter life. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I’m very comfortable with the nature of life and death, and that we come to an end. What’s most difficult to imagine is that those dreams and early yearnings and desires of childhood and adolescence will also disappear. But who knows? Maybe you become part of the eternal whatever. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I think getting married was a mistake along the way, but at the same time I wouldn’t have the wonderful children I have if I didn’t get married. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I’m not putting myself up as the epitome of virtue. I certainly am living a non-traditional life. But it is also a loving life and a very supportive one. I think that both in this, and the previous relationship, I think that I’ve been doing the best I can. ~ Hugh Hefner.
One of the things I’ve tried to do with my life is redefine the boundaries that I think are very limiting. I’m not suggesting that everybody should have three girlfriends, or necessarily have girlfriends living with them. I think there are many, many options to living your life. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I urge one and all to live this life as if there is no reward in the afterlife and to do it in a moral way that makes it better for you and for those around you, and that leaves this world a little better place than when you found it. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Famous Hugh Hefner Quotes
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. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I think being connected to younger people helps to keep you young and gives you a young attitude. ~ Hugh Hefner.
The Puritans thought they could simply repress man’s sexual nature, and they reaped a whirlwind as a result. Their code of sexual morality – which became America’s – was nothing more than a set of rules laid down by people who believed that all pleasure was suspect. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I think that I am the luckiest cat on the planet and I’m living out my own dreams and fantasies and have been for a number of years and to remain at this stage of my life, you know, so alive and things have never been better. ~ Hugh Hefner.
It’s hard to really compare new love and old love. ~ Hugh Hefner.
For me, the magazine was always the heart of what my life was all about, and the other half was living the life. ~ Hugh Hefner.
The interesting thing is how one guy, through living out his own fantasies, is living out the fantasies of so many other people. ~ Hugh Hefner.
The difference between Marilyn Monroe and the early Pamela Anderson is not that great. What’s amazing is that the taste of American men and international tastes in terms of beauty have essentially stayed the same. Styles change, but our view of beauty stays the same. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I guess you could say, I’m just a typical Methodist kid at heart. ~ Hugh Hefner.
There’s always been a little bit of the crusader in me, and you need dragons to slay, without the conflict and the controversy I think that what I managed to do less, and I take a great deal of pride in the accomplishment. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Inspiring Hugh Hefner Quotes
Publishing a sophisticated men’s magazine seemed to me the best possible way of fulfilling a dream I’d been nurturing ever since I was a teenager: to get laid a lot. ~ Hugh Hefner.
There were chunks of my life when I was married, and when I was married I never cheated. But I made up for it when I wasn’t married. You have to keep your hand in. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I think the Playboy philosophy is very, very connected to the American dream. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Could I be in a better place and happier than I am today? I don’t think so. ~ Hugh Hefner.
It’s good to be selfish. But not so self-centered that you never listen to other people. ~ Hugh Hefner.
My parents are wonderful people and they instilled in me an idealism for which I’m grateful. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I was writing and cartooning and writing short stories from grade school on. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I don’t have dinner parties – I eat my dinner in bed. ~ Hugh Hefner.
‘Playboy’ was not a sex magazine as far as I was concerned. Sex was simply part of the total package; I was trying to bring sex into the fold of a healthy lifestyle. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I got married before I found myself. People should find themselves before they get married. ~ Hugh Hefner.
You stay in touch with the boy who dreamed impossible dreams. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I think that from the very beginning it wasn’t simply, what made Playboy so popular was not simply the naked ladies, what made the magazine so popular was, there was a point of view in the magazine, that you couldn’t run nude pictures without some kind of rational that they were art. ~ Hugh Hefner.
One of the sad things, I think, about the younger generation, quite frankly, is they have less sense of yesterday. And if you don’t know who you were, you don’t really know who you are. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Because of the nature of my life, it’s difficult for people to recognize that a person can live a full life, and maybe an unorthodox life, and still be on the side of the angels. ~ Hugh Hefner.
In my own words, I played some significant part in changing the social-sexual values of our time. I had a lot of fun in the process. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Popular Hugh Hefner Quotes
We have a tremendous opportunity to try to start solving some of our overwhelming problems with population related environment, related to the hatred that exists between countries and religions, so we have a tremendous opportunity, but the dangers are very clearly there. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I didn’t want to repeat my parents life. I saw in their lives a routine and a lack of dreaming, a lack of the possibilities, a lack of passion. And I didn’t want to live without passion. ~ Hugh Hefner.
If Playboy ever loses its editorial balls, then it will deserve to be knocked over by a younger, more vigorous magazine in the coming generation. But that won’t happen so long as I’m alive, I can promise you that. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Did you know that I almost called the magazine Stag Party and the symbol was originally going to be a stag? I changed my mind just before we went to press, thank God. Somehow, it wouldn’t have been the same. Can you imagine a chain of key clubs staffed by beautiful girls wearing antlers?”
For some people, there is no succession plan. They just leave, and there’s no getting over it. ~ Hugh Hefner.
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. ~ Hugh Hefner.
I was very influenced by the musicals and romantic comedies of the 1930s. I admired Gene Harlow and such, which probably explains why, since the end of my marriage, I’ve dated nothing but a succession of blondes. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Loneliness doesn’t have much to do with where you are. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Retirement is unthinkable to me. The future is bright and very exciting and I’m looking forward to playing a part in it. ~ Hugh Hefner.
Surrounding myself with beautiful women keeps me young. ~ Hugh Hefner.
If you let society and your peers define who you are, you’re the less for it. ~ Hugh Hefner.
So these were the 98 top Hugh Hefner quotes on love and life.