Recommendation: app for holding quotes

I’m looking for a good app for iOS to store my favorite quotes. Any recommendations?

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I’ve used text files, OmniOutliner (any outliner will do) and lately, Ulysses.

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Text files, currently in iA Writer.

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Day One app. Create a separate journal for quotes, or just tag an entry (e.g., #quote).

Day One captures the time and location and other meta data unless you don’t want it to. Sometimes it is nice to see, ‘Oh yeah - I remember hearing that quote while at the beach.’

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Day One does not highlight search terms or otherwise show you search results inside individual journal entries (it only shows you which journal entries contain your search terms) so if you have a big file or more with lots of quotes you’re going to end up having to manually scan for quotes - which is ridiculously primitive, and the main complaint I have when using the app. Because of this, practically anything else would be a better option for saving quotes, I think - including Apple Notes (which is actually a good choice).

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I use Bear. It is especially nice on iOS. Just highlight a quote, tap share, send it to Bear, and append or pretend to your quotes note, or create a new one.

Also, as you can see, good for noting movies, etc. that I’d like to consume.


I use DEVONThink, and put the quotes into a folder called Thoughts. Most of mine are unattributed because I have no memory of where I found them…


Computers - Rules
Rules for hardware and software
If it works it’s obsolete

Dalai Lama
If you want to know where you were in the past, look to your body. If you want to know where you will be in the future look to your mind.


George Bernard Shaw - Heaven & Hell
To be in hell is to drift. To be in heaven is to steer.

Pessimist says: Glass is half empty.
Optimist says: Glass is half full.
Engineer says: Glass is the wrong size.

DNA = Gods config file

Heinlein - 5 Rules for Success in Writing
Five Rules for Success in Writing

  1. You must write.
  2. You must finish what you write.
  3. You must refrain from rewriting except to editorial order.
  4. You must place it on the market.
  5. You must keep it on the market until sold.

James - Being Right
from Compuserve
The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
Now, My suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose. . . I suspect that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of, in any philosophy. That is the reason why I have no philsophy myself, and must be my excuse for dreaming.

05 March 2018
Ken’s Comment
Congress hasn’t acted in years. They’ve just been ad libbing.

The McGuires On Movies
Good Movies the 1st DVD release does not include specials.
Bad Movies the 1st DVD release includes all specials.

Norman Schwarzkopf - Problem
There’s more than one way to look at a problem, and they may all be right.

Thoughts on Guns and Robbery
Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank.
Give a man a bank and he can rob the world.

PDQ Bach - Context
Context is to satire as location is to real estate.

Edward V. Berard
Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen.

Richard Rudin 2014
If it’s not all about me why is everything my fault?

Sheep and Yarn
When sheep happens, make yarn.

Twitter and Civilization
Living in our times the thin veneer of civilization can be removed by a single tweet.

Found in the Friendly Orange Glow book (which is a great book BTW)
phrase Subversive Innovation


Al Bundy
Your wishes mean nothing to me.

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OmniFocus. One ‘task’ for each quote. Tag “quote” (with ‘sub-tags’ as appropriate. Use notes if quotes are long.
Set task as repeating with a suitable interval between defer dates.
Quotes then pop up periodically in my today perspective - freaky how apt they are sometimes.
Should I want to read them all it is just a change to the view setting.


I enter quotes as I hear them and tag the entry. If you wanted to have a single file, I agree with you. If you want the metadata then Day One suits.

You could always export to a PDF, etc, if that’s what you wanted to do.

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Text file in Dropbox or iCloud. I access it from Editorial on iOS and nvAlt on macOS. Totally cross-platform and never have to worry about being able to read it. Just add the author and maybe append a hashtag for the category. Regular search works beautifully.

To wit:

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought they seldom use.
–Soren Kirekegaard

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
–Gloria Steinam

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I probably shouldn’t do this, but I keep my quotes in text files on my server. They aren’t searchable from the web and you don’t know what you will get, but I enjoy it. There are a lot of quotes (30,000+ the last time I checked) and I haven’t read them all. Some quotes may be offensive. You have been warned.

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I use plain text files, one for each calendar year, and add quotes primarily through Drafts on iOS or Sublime Text on macOS.

I use this Markdown-ish format, one quote per line:

- 2018-10-30 | If the body had been easier to understand, nobody would have thought that we have a mind. ---Richard Rorty, _Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature_ (1980).

I use this format for a lot of “oneline notetaking”, including vocabulary, random observations, etc. If I need to capture something that has multiple paragraphs, I use / to separate them. I don’t need that as often as you’d think.

I retrieve them on iOS via 1Writer.

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I’ve been seeking an app that would both hold quotes, and then serve one up at random each day. However, I’ve found nothing that will do that, and think I’ll just print them out, slice up on a paper cutter and draw one from a box each day. There’s still a place for analog!