110+ Best Hugh Hefner Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Hugh Marston Hefner was an American magazine publisher. Profoundly inspirational Hugh Hefner quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Famous Hugh Hefner Quotes

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

In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter life. – Hugh Hefner

Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream. – 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

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

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

I got married before I found myself. People should find themselves before they get married. – Hugh Hefner

I think that there’s nothing wrong with masturbation. If you’re not feeling good about your own sexuality and your own body, you’re not going to feel good about anything else. – Hugh Hefner

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

Nothing goes on forever. I think that’s one of the illusions of life. When I talk about my life being an extension of my dreams and fantasies, there’s a tendency to think of them as immature. I live in a mature world. The majority of the people in this society live with delusions and illusions much more irrational and hurtful than mine. They deal with mortality, with fantasies relating to heaven and hell, and they don’t really deal with their problems at all. – Hugh Hefner

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

You know, from my point of view, I’m the luckiest cat on the planet. – 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

The religious heritage sort of suggests implicitly and explicitly that you pay your dues and you get your reward later on, that’s a little inconsistent with the notion of personal, happiness. I am a strong believer in a set of values that are rooted in the notion of happiness and personal fulfillment. – Hugh Hefner

I think that sexual oppression and dictatorship go hand in hand. – Hugh Hefner

I am not primarily an entrepreneurial businessman. I’m primarily a playboy philosopher. – Hugh Hefner

Could I be in a better place and happier than I am today? I don’t think so. – Hugh Hefner

I think that retirement is the first step towards the grave. – Hugh Hefner

Life and values do run in cycles. – 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

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

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

Playboy isn’t like the downscale, male bonding, beer-swilling phenomena that is being promoted now by (some men’s magazines). My whole notion was the romantic connection between male and female. – Hugh Hefner

We’re separated by our myths. – 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

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

I’ve nailed more women than I could count… at least I think they were women – 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

Being attacked by right-wing Christians did not bother me. Being attacked by liberal feminists did. – Hugh Hefner

I think the Playboy philosophy is very, very connected to the American dream. – Hugh Hefner

Picasso had his pink period and his blue period. I am in my blonde period right now. – Hugh Hefner

I tried to make some difference, and I think I managed to do that. – Hugh Hefner

What surprises me about getting older is that I remain so young. – Hugh Hefner

Surrounding myself with beautiful women keeps me young. – 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

I think being connected to younger people helps to keep you young and gives you a young attitude. – 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

You stay in touch with the boy who dreamed impossible dreams. – 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

It’s women who have embraced their own sexuality, it’s why women wear makeup, it’s why they wear high heels. It’s what civilization is all about. – 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 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

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 was raised in a typical Puritan Midwestern Methodist home and there was a lot of hurt and hypocrisy in those times. And I think that whatever part Playboy played and that I managed to play in terms of the sexual revolution came out of what I saw in the negative part of that life and tried to change things in some positive way so that people could choose alternate personal ways of living their lives. – Hugh Hefner

I guess I’m the most successful man I know. I wouldn’t trade places with anybody in the world. – Hugh Hefner

Several girlfriends are easier to handle than one wife. – Hugh Hefner

If you let society and your peers define who you are, you’re the less for it. – Hugh Hefner

I’m never going to grow up. Staying young is what it is all about for me. – Hugh Hefner

It’s perfectly clear to me that religion is a myth. It’s something we have invented to explain the inexplicable. My religion and the spiritual side of my life come from a sense of connection to the humankind and nature on this planet and in the universe. I am in overwhelming awe of it all: It is so fantastic, so complex, so beyond comprehension. What does it all mean — if it has any meaning at all? But how can it all exist if it doesn’t have some kind of meaning? I think anyone who suggests that they have the answer is motivated by the need to invent answers, because we have no such answers. – Hugh Hefner

Women have traditionally been either put on pedestals or damned as the source of all sexual temptation and sin. These are two sides of the same coin, since both place women in a nonhuman role. Playboy has opposed these warped sexual values and, in so doing, helped women step down from their pedestals and enjoy their natural sexuality as much as men. – 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

It’s good to be selfish. But not so self-centered that you never listen to other people. – Hugh Hefner

I don’t have dinner parties – I eat my dinner in bed. – 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

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

My life is an open book. With illustrations. – 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

I have about 100 pairs of pajamas. I like to see people dressed comfortably. – Hugh Hefner

We indeed did and do own our own minds and bodies, and anything from church or state that limits that is inappropriate and inconsistent with the … society that America is supposed to be. – 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

Someone once asked, ‘What’s your best pickup line?’ I said, ‘My best pickup line is, ‘Hi, my name is Hugh Hefner.” – 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

It’s hard to really compare new love and old love. – 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 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

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

I guess you could say, I’m just a typical Methodist kid at heart. – 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

My parents are wonderful people and they instilled in me an idealism for which I’m grateful. – 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

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

When I was four, we moved to the house on the west side of Chicago where I grew up. My earliest memories are of that first summer. – 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

I am in very good health. I’ve never felt better. – Hugh Hefner

I remain very much connected to my childhood… I have never been too jaded or too sophisticated. – 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

The business end of business has never interested me. – Hugh Hefner

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

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

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

What was intended as a tribute to your tremendous popularity has been misinterpreted by some as something else for which we are truly sorry since we are among your biggest fans. – Hugh Hefner

The big surprise for me is that age is just a number, … It’s a number without meaning. A person who dies at 40 — through cancer, a car accident, what have you — how old is that person, really, at 38? He’s near the end of his life, whether he knows it or not. And what about a person who dies at 100? How old is that person, really, at 78? – Hugh Hefner

It’s the music of my youth. It’s the music I grew up with. It’s the music of my dreams. – 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After world war all we got was a lot of conformity, and conservatism and when I was in college at the university of Illinois the skirt lengths dropped instead of going up as they had during the roaring twenties and I knew that was a very bad sign, and it is symbolic and reflective of a very repressive time, and some of that was laid the feet of the cold war. – Hugh Hefner

Smoking helped put me in touch with the realm of the senses. – Hugh Hefner

I truly believe that age — if you’re healthy — age is just a number. – Hugh Hefner

Loneliness doesn’t have much to do with where you are. – 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

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

In many ways, I’m younger than I was 20 years ago, – Hugh Hefner

If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society then the reverse was wrong, too. – Hugh Hefner

They must be doing something right up there in Canada. – Hugh Hefner

Over the course of my life I’ve had more than my fair share of romantic relationships with wonderful women, many moved on to live happy, healthy, and productive lives, and I’m pleased to say remain dear friends today. Sadly, there are a few who have chosen to rewrite history in an attempt to stay in the spotlight. I guess, as the old saying goes: You can’t win ’em all! – 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

For some people, there is no succession plan. They just leave, and there’s no getting over it. – 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? – 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

When I was young, I had a security blanket and a pet dog. The dog got sick and died and the blanket had to be burned, so I guess I was trying to recreate the image of security in the bunny. It was a Citizen Kane/Rosebud thing. – 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

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