Hugh Hefner turned 90 this month and has lived quite a life. Some would say it's been a life of exploitation, but Hef also gave back when he could. A WWII veteran, Hefner was a serious philanthropist. In 1978, Hefner helped organize fund-raising efforts that led to the restoration of the Hollywood Sign. He hosted a gala fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion and personally contributed $27,000 by purchasing the letter Y in a ceremonial auction.
Hefner also gave to the arts. He donated $100,000 to the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts to create a course called "Censorship in Cinema," and $2 million to endow a chair for the study of American film. There is no small irony to the fact that Playboy magazine has now dropped their photo spreads of women and is focusing on its journalism. Maybe they will start by printing Hefner quotes like these.
1. "Life is too short to be living somebody else's dream."
2. "Living in the moment, thinking about the future, and staying connected to the past: That's what makes me feel whole."
3. "There are many roads to mecca."
4. "Age ain't nothing but a number."
5. "It's good to be selfish. But not so self-centered that you never listen to other people."
6. "If you let society and your peers define who you are, you're the less for it."
7. "Loneliness doesn't have much to do with where you are."
8. "If you don't have a sense of humor about life and yourself, then you are old."
9. "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."
10. "You stay in touch with the boy who dreamed impossible dreams."
11. "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."
12. "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."
13. "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."
14. "I guess I'm the most successful man I know. I wouldn't trade places with anybody in the world."
15. "For some people, there is no succession plan. They just leave, and there's no getting over it."
16. "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."
17. "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."
18. "I think that retirement is the first step towards the grave."
19. "My parents are wonderful people and they instilled in me an idealism for which I'm grateful."
20. "For me, the magazine was always the heart of what my life was all about, and the other half was living the life."
21. "The interesting thing is how one guy, through living out his own fantasies, is living out the fantasies of so many other people."
22. "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."
23. "What surprises me about getting older is that I remain so young."