18 Inspiring, Funny Quotes from Hugh Hefner

He was the grandfather of all ballers. RIP, Hef.

"Sex is the driving force on the planet. We should embrace it, not see it as the enemy." (2007)

"If we hadn't had the Wright brothers, there would still be airplanes. If there hadn't been an Edison, there would still be electric lights. And if there hadn't been a Hefner, we'd still have sex. But maybe we wouldn't be enjoying it as much. So the world would be a little poorer. Come to think of it, so would some of my relatives.” (1974)

"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." (2013)

“We believe in the acceptance of all persons in all aspects of life on the basis of individual merit.” (1961, in a memo published after repurchasing two Playboy Club franchises for refusing to admit African-American key holders)

"I wake up every day and go to bed every night knowing I'm the luckiest guy on the fucking planet." (2007)


"When you are in a position to not be a nice person, that's when you find out who you really are." (2007)

"If you don't have a sense of humor about life and yourself, then you are old." (2007)

"Ageism is a variation of racism or sexism, all the other isms,." (2013, on his relationship and subsequent marriage to Crystal Harris)

"This is the blessing of humankind, what separates us from the animals: to dream." (2007)

"This is to say that we are outspoken foes of segregation...that we believe in brotherhood as a matter of practice and that we are actively involved in the fight to see the end of all racial inequalities in our time."  (1961, in a memo published after repurchasing two Playboy Club franchises for refusing to admit African-American key holders)

"I am essentially a very romantic person, and all I really was looking for, quite frankly, with the notion of marriage was continuity and something to let the girl know that I really cared." (2013)

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"There's a real hypocrisy about people who pursue fame for the first half of their lives and then pretend to resent it afterward." (2007)

"A lot of people go through life never quite understanding that if things aren't as wonderful as they should be, it's their own fault." (2007)

"Women are the major beneficiaries of getting rid of the hypocritical old notions about sex...Now some people are acting as if the sexual revolution was a male plot to get laid. One of the unintended by-products of the women's movement is the association of the erotic impulse with wanting to hurt somebody.” (c. 1960s, in response to feminist Gloria Steinem)

"It's good to be selfish. But not so self-centered that you never listen to other people." (2007)

"[The sexual revolution] permitted [women] to be natural sexual beings, as men are. That's where feminism should have been all along. Unfortunately, within feminism, there has been a puritan, prohibitionist element that is antisexual." (2007)


"I'm a very successful businessman, but I don't really give a shit about business." (2013)

"I want the rest of my life to be very much like it is now," Hefner says. "I want it to be like this.” (2013)


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