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Aphorism is a gem in the vein of fortune that returns random customizable aphorisms.

Quick Install

Wanna run aphorism in your terminal right away? Clone this repo and run sh from the project root.

Installation in a Ruby application using bundler

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'aphorism'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install aphorism


> aphorism

For extra joy:

> gem install lolcat aphorism
> aphorism | lolcat

demo image of aphorisms being populated in rainbow colors

Add more aphorisms

mkdir $HOME/.aphorism
touch $HOME/.aphorism/my_category.txt

Add new content to any number of .txt files in your $HOME/.aphorism directory, separating each aphorism from the prior entry with a % symbol on a newline. Feel free to use spacing and newlines and tabs as you see fit for formatting; the gem will respect your spacing.


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, commit the change, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

Code of Conduct

Everyone interacting in the Aphorism project’s codebases, issue trackers, chat rooms and mailing lists is expected to follow the code of conduct.