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" My parents are wonderful people and they instilled in me an idealism for which I'm grateful. "
" I separated ways from the American feminist movement when they became anti-sexual. I believe embracing sexuality is a part of what it means to be free. "
" 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'm not an active feminist: I'm an active humanist. "
" My mother loaned me $1000. The first issue came out at the end of 1953. I knew I needed something original. I had a photographer shoot a 3D feature for the first issue and learned it would cost too much money. When the 3D thing turned out to be too expensive, at that same moment I came across the photos of Marilyn Monroe. "
" Even when I was young, I said age is largely a state of mind if you're healthy. "
" If I ever try to get married again, shoot me. "
" I don't have dinner parties - I eat my dinner in bed. "
" 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 interesting thing is how one guy, through living out his own fantasies, is living out the fantasies of so many other people. "
" 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. "
" When 'Penthouse' and 'Hustler' came along, they confused what I was trying to do. Before they arrived, we were perceived as a sophisticated men's magazine. "
" 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. "
" Men project their fantasies onto me; they live them through who they think I am. "
" Life is too short to be living somebody else's dream. "
" Being attacked by right-wing Christians did not bother me. Being attacked by liberal feminists did. "
" Surrounding myself with beautiful women keeps me young. "
" I am in very good health. I've never felt better. "
" There's almost a Rorschach-test quality about writing about 'Playboy'. What comes out in the press is not so much about me as it is about society. "
" 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. "
" You know, from my point of view, I'm the luckiest cat on the planet. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I think everyone should get married. I just took a little longer than usual. "
" It's hard to really compare new love and old love. "
" I'm never going to grow up. Staying young is what it is all about for me. "
" Someone once asked, 'What's your best pickup line?' I said, 'My best pickup line is, 'Hi, my name is 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. "
" I guess you could say, I'm just a typical Methodist kid at heart. "