Quotes for your terminal, originally for BLAG

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BLAG Fortune

This is my repository for my ongoing project to have English language political fortunes in BLAG.


All you need is fortune mod. On Debian-based systems:

$ sudo apt-get install fortune-mod


To install:

$ sudo make install distro=debian

To uninstall:

$ sudo make uninstall distro=debian

Where distro=debian should be replaced with your distribution's name. For example, on Fedora say distro=fedora.

For supported distribution options, look here.


To run the program, simply say

$ fortune anarchism
When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier 
if it is called "the People's Stick."
            ----+- Mikhail Bakunin -+----

Here is a more whimsical example:

$ fortune anarchism | cowsay
/ Whosoever lays a hand on me in order to \
| govern me is a usurper and a tyrant; I  |
| declare him my enemy.                   |
|                                         |
\ ----+- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon -+----    /
        \   ^__^
         \  (oo)\_______
            (__)\       )\/\
                ||----w |
                ||     ||

Show fortunes on Bash startup

I want to see fortunes when my terminal starts, as in BLAG 140000!

To do this quickly, enter the following command:

$ echo -e "\nfortune -s anarchism\necho" >> $HOME/.bashrc

To disable the fortunes, remove these lines from $HOME/.bashrc:

fortune -s anarchism

Quote Sources

I have several sources for most of my quotes:

Unfortunately some writings do not have an English translation, so I rely on machine translations from other various sources.