Building a basic inspirational quotes generator in JavaScript

Building a basic inspirational quotes generator in JavaScript


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Hi guys, how are you all doing? I know its been a while since I last wrote an article, not my fault though. Having issues with my laptop and also on my end, I've been kinda busy.

So today, I was going through some of my old project when I was learning JavaScript (still learning though) and found this very basic Inspirational Quotes Generator, so I decided to walk you guys through it.

It's a very simple program but it would help you understand what and how asynchronous function works and how to write one. It also uses the JavaScript fetch api to fetch data (quotes) from an external resources and how we can use those data (quotes) in our quotes generator.

So without further ado, let's get started.

What is Asynchronous Function?

An async function can contain an await expression, that pauses the execution of the function and waits for the passed Promise's resolution, and then resumes the async function's execution and returns the resolved value.

In simpler terms, Asynchronous function is a function that allows you to execute multiple things at a time and you don't have to finish executing the current thing in order to move on to next one.

Who can wait quietly while the mud settles?

Who can remain still until the moment of action?

Laozi, Tao Te Ching

Having established that, let's move on to the fun part.

If you just want to skip the tutorial and dive into the code, Iโ€™ve created this repository for you.

I am not going to really explain the HTML and CSS aspect as I believe you should already know it.

  1. Open your terminal and create a directory using the following command
$ mkdir quotes-generator
$ cd quotes-generator
  1. Create an index.html, styles.css and app.js file using the following command
    $ touch index.html styles.css app.js
  2. In the index.html file, paste the following code snippets

    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html lang="en">
     <meta charset="UTF-8">
     <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
     <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
     <title>Inspirational Quotes Generator </title>
     <link rel="stylesheet" href="styles.css">
    <body onload="generateQuote()">
     <div class="container">
         <h1>Inspirational Quotes</h1>
         <div class="quote">
             <p class="quotes">Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.</p>
             <p class="author button"> ~ Lao Tzu ~</p>
     <script src="app.js"></script>

Note: I have linked the styles.css and app.js file in our index.html file

  1. In the styles.css file, paste the following code snippet
    body {
     margin: 0;
     padding: 0;
     height: 100%;
     width: 100%;
     background-color: #0A0A23;
     display: flex;
     justify-content: center;
     align-items: center;
     text-align: center;
     flex-direction: column;
    .button {
     padding: 10px 30px;
     cursor: pointer;
     background-color:  #0A0A23;
     border: none;
     border-radius: 5px;
     color: #fff;
     display: inline-block;
     width: auto
    .container {
     background-color: #fff;
     height: 100%;
     margin-top: 15%;
     padding: 20px 50px;
     border-radius: 10px;
     box-shadow: rgb(0, 0, 0, 0.5);
    .quote {
     max-width: 500px;
     width: 500px

Now, when you refresh, you should get something that looks like this ๐Ÿ‘‡


The first part is done, unto the next.

You would have noticed that the quotes and the authors name been displayed in the preview is hardcoded, but instead we would auto generate them instead using the fetch api.

In the app.js file, let's create 2 variables (quotesText and quotesAuthor)

let quotesText = document.querySelector(".quotes")
let quotesAuthor = document.querySelector(".author")

The quotesText would be used to store the quotes and the quotesAuthor would be used to store the author's name.

What we are doing is just getting the text within the paragraph that has the quotes and author class.

Now the next thing to do is to create an async function

async function generateQuote() {
    let res = await fetch("")
    let response = await res.json()

Now let me explain the code.

We just created a traditional function but we added the async keyword in front of it. The api we are getting the quotes from is What we did is to use fetch to fetch the quotes from that api and we converted what we got back from the api to a json format and saved it to the variable response. On the next line, I logged the result out and you should see an array of size 1643 ๐Ÿ‘‡


Now, what we want is not to just log out the result we get back but to display individual quotes say every 5 sec.

Now, since we have saved our quotes in the variable response, we can now use the setInterval() method to display individual quote every 5 secs.

Add this code snippet after the console.log().

setInterval(() => {
      let quotesNumber = Math.floor(Math.random() * 1643)
      quotesText.innerHTML = response[quotesNumber].text;
      quotesAuthor.innerHTML = `<b> ~ ${response[quotesNumber].author} ~ </b>`;
  }, 5000);

Let me quickly explaian what's happening. Since we got back an array of 1643, I generated a reandom number between 0 and 1643 and stored that random number in a variable called quotesNumber.

Next thing we did was to extract the quote text and set it to the variable we created earlier quotesText and also extract the author's name and store it in the variable quotesAuthor and set the interval to 5000 milliseconds which is equal to 5 seconds.

So, the final code should look like this.

let quotesText = document.querySelector(".quotes");
let quotesAuthor = document.querySelector(".author");

async function generateQuote() {
  let res = await fetch("");
  let response = await res.json();

  setInterval(() => {
      let quotesNumber = Math.floor(Math.random() * 1643)
      quotesText.innerHTML = response[quotesNumber].text;
      quotesAuthor.innerHTML = `<b> ~ ${response[quotesNumber].author} ~ </b>`;
  }, 5000);

This is the final result, Inspirational Qutes Generator

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