Showing a random quote from a file on the desktop
  1. Put your quotes into a file and separate them with a blank line. Quotes can be multiline.

  2. Download NerdTool (

  3. In NerdTool, add an entry for random quote and use the following command:

awk 'BEGIN{RS="";srand()}
quote[++c] = $0
print quote[RAND]
' ~/quotes.txt
  1. Choose the refresh interval you want, configure the appearance and you’re good to go.