Quotations from Fortune the UNIX Program

July 12, 2010 | By

fortune is a simple program that displays a pseudo-random message from a database of quotations. It is predominantly found in UNIX-like systems, but clients for other platforms exist as well. Quotations are from famous people, jokes, poetry, science fiction movies and a few other sources. Below are a few of them:

You should emulate your heros, but don’t carry it too far.
Especially if they are dead.

Artistic ventures highlighted. Rob a museum.

Avoid reality at all costs.

Don’t let your mind wander — it’s too little to be let out alone.

You’re almost as happy as you think you are.

Your life would be very empty if you had nothing to regret.

Of course you have a purpose — to find a purpose.

It’s lucky you’re going so slowly, because you’re going in the wrong direction.

Don’t relax! It’s only your tension that’s holding you together.

Good day to deal with people in high places;
particularly lonely stewardesses.


To install fortune in Ubuntu run the following command:

sudo apt-get install fortune-mod

When the installation completes you could run the program by just typing:


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