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"Picasso had his pink period and his blue period. I am in my blonde period right now."
-Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 2005 Getty
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"I have slept with thousands of women, and they all still like me."
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"I wake up every day and go to bed every night knowing I'm the luckiest guy on the fucking planet."
- Esquire, 2007 Getty
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"I've spent so much of my life looking for love in all the wrong places."
-New York Times, 1992Getty
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"We enjoy mixing up cocktails and an hors d'oeuvre or two, putting a little mood music on the phonograph and inviting in a female acquaintance for a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex."
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“Much of my life has been like an adolescent dream of an adult life. If you were still a boy, in almost a Peter Pan kind of way, and could have just the perfect life that you wanted to have, that’s the life I invented for myself.”
- LA Times, 1995 Getty
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“My best pick-up line is 'My name is Hugh Hefner.'"
-Esquire, 2007 Getty
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“Everybody, if they’ve got their head on straight, wants to be a sexual object, among other things. They want to be attractive. Otherwise, what a sad and pathetic life. To really live a worthwhile life is to be attracted to and attractive to other people.”
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"Well, 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."
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On his dinner order: "A BLT. With chips, milk, applesauce. And a blonde." Getty
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“Playboy was not a sex magazine, as far as I was concerned. Sex was simply part of the total package."
- Telegraph, 2009
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"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.”
Although Hugh Hefner has passed away, his legacy will live on forever. From his historic magazine to his famous Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, Hefner built something truly incredible especially when you consider he started everything with only a small loan from his mother.
He often gave interviews about life in the mansion, hoping to dispel the illusion that his empire was built only on sex. He claimed that the magazine was a respectable men's publication, and that sex was just "part of the package." And, over time, it became one.
He believed that he was bringing something to the table that had never been seen before and that the world desperately craved. And it seemed that they did. The public ate up Playboy, despite people at the time having a reserved attitude about sex, and turned it into the multi-billion dollar empire that it is today.
However, as most of the Hugh Hefner quotes will reveal, that wasn't always the case.
As candid as he was in his life, he was in his interviews, letting the world know that the Hugh Hefner they saw in the magazine and in the mansion was the real Hef, and giving a glimpse into the man behind the famous silk pajamas.