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BSD Fortune - About this site

At a very young age I became fascinated with quotes from famous (and not so famous people). At the library I always looked for collections of quotes. Later on I also started buying books like the "Penguin Dictionary of Modern humorous Quotations", "The Forbes book of Business Quotations" and "You can say that again".

In the early 1990's I started working with Unix computer systems and was overjoyed to find out there was a program called "fortune" on these systems that generated random quotes. Very soon I had my Unix accounts (and later linux accounts) set up to generate a fortune each time I logged in. I also set up my e-mail to include a random quote in my signature. Soon some of my friends requested a daily e-mail with a quote of the day and the "Cookie Monster" was born. The "Cookie Monster" is a cronjob (Unix speak for a scheduled job) that sends out a daily e-mail with a random quote.

When twitter came along I soon set up a twitter account called bsdfortune that got automatic tweets from another cronjob. Twitter however limits you to only 140 characters in a tweet. Because many of the fortunes generated by the fortune program are much longer this site was born.

Randomly Generated Fortune

Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine.
-- Irwin Edman

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  • Henrik Aasted Sørensen - Creator of the php code used to generate the random quotes on this site. See
  • All the collectors of quotes who published their fortune files on the world wide web. Use google to find them, there are far too many to link to here.