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Help me find a "quote of the day" sort of app

In the simplest terms, I suppose what I'm looking for is just a "quote of the day" generator. Albeit, one that I can put my own quotes into.

I have what I jokingly refer to as an "operating manual". Essentially it's just a constantly-updated evernote that contains rules for how I want to live (eg. "No drinking alone"), reminders about myself (eg. "You always feel better after exercising"), and my philosophy about aspects of life (eg. "In the news media, misery and controversy sell better than joy and harmony").

I'd like to be able to receive bits of this "wisdom" throughout my day, ideally by way of some sort of notification on my phone. Does any such app/service exist? Bonus points for one that is open source and cross-platform!

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  1. [6]
    acdw
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    If you use Linux (not sure if cross-platform), fortune does what you want. You could hook it into a cron job that emails you each morning or pipes it through cowsay and then emails you, if you wanted.

    If you use Linux (not sure if cross-platform), fortune does what you want. You could hook it into a cron job that emails you each morning or pipes it through cowsay and then emails you, if you wanted.

    5 votes
    1. [4]
      Whom
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      Make sure to learn Italian first.

      Make sure to learn Italian first.

      3 votes
      1. [3]
        acdw
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        Not sure I get it ... haha?

        Not sure I get it ... haha?

        1 vote
        1. [2]
          Whom
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          Not even a joke, really. Every time I try it, it takes forever to find one in English. Mostly a whole lot of Italian.

          Not even a joke, really. Every time I try it, it takes forever to find one in English. Mostly a whole lot of Italian.

          1 vote
          1. acdw
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            Huh, weird! I guess, now that I'm thinking of it -- I haven't really used fortune all that much. Hm. EDIT: Now I've installed fortune-mod on Void (the only package they have), and at least that...

            Huh, weird! I guess, now that I'm thinking of it -- I haven't really used fortune all that much. Hm.

            EDIT: Now I've installed fortune-mod on Void (the only package they have), and at least that package's first two fortunes have been in English.

            2 votes
    2. bilbodwyer
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      Thanks! That's going to be a good place to start for sure :)

      Thanks! That's going to be a good place to start for sure :)

      2 votes
  2. kodystriplin
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    If you have any inclination to make this yourself and have a Google account, you can make a Google Sheet, add a row for each quote, and then write a Google Script to email a quote(s) to yourself...

    If you have any inclination to make this yourself and have a Google account, you can make a Google Sheet, add a row for each quote, and then write a Google Script to email a quote(s) to yourself every day. This tutorial would get you started: https://developers.google.com/apps-script/articles/sending_emails

    My wife and I used to track our budget in Google Sheets. I wrote a script to email our daily budget and spending trends to us every day. It worked very well for our needs.

    5 votes