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The Manual of Style guidelines for block quotations recommend formatting block quotations using the {{Quote}} template or the HTML <blockquote> element, for which that template provides a wrapper.

  • Quotes work best when used with short sentences, and at the start or end of a section, as a hint of or to help emphasize the section's content.
  • For typical quotes, especially those longer than the rest of the paragraph in which they are quoted, {{Cquote}} provides a borderless quote with decorative quotation marks, and {{Quote frame}} provided a bordered quote. Both span the article width.
  • For very short quotes, {{Rquote}} (with decorative quotation marks) or {{Quote box}} (framed) can be used to set the quote off to either the right or left as in a magazine sidebar. This can be effective on essay pages and WikiProject homepages.

Usage

For quotes, this template provides a centered, borderless quote, with scalable decorative quotation marks, and optional attribution of the source of the quote. It can be used with or without the names of the parameters.

Syntax

  • {{Cquote|text=text of the quotation|author=person quoted|source=source of the quotation}}

Parameters

Parameter 1, a.k.a. quote
text of the quote; use <p>...</p> around second or subsequent paragraphs.
Required
Note: if the quote text contains a = (equal sign), then the template must be called with a named parameter for the content, e.g. {{Cquote|quote=quote text}} (see Help:Template#Usage hints and workarounds § Notes).
author
Name of the person that wrote or spoke the text being quoted. Can include wiki syntax.
source
Source of the quote (publication title, speech, etc.). Can include wiki syntax. Can be used without |author= (e.g. for a scripture, law, or other source without an author per se)
bgcolor
The color of the background.
float
Defaults to center, but can also be right or left. Usually used with |width=30% or so (otherwise for quotes longer than one line on the rendered page, the float will have no useful effect).
width
for example |width=30%
qcolor
color of quotemarks, for example |qcolor=#FF0000 for a red color (only for use in WP:Signpost, and personal pages; do not use in articles, guidelines, etc.)
rtl
set to any non-blank value for quotes that should be rendered from right to left (e.g., Arabic). Adds the necessary dir attribute and reverses the quotes.

Deprecated:

wide
In older versions of the template, when this was set to "yes", the quote expanded to the entire width of the page, which was useful for long quotes. However, it clashed with other floating objects, such as infoboxes, and the template now auto expands and line wraps as needed (full page, or within a |width= constraint).

Simple example

{{Cquote|quote text}}

Sourced example

{{Cquote|Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
|author=[[Albert Einstein]]
|source=in a letter to his son<ref>[[Walter Isaacson]], ''Einstein: His Life and Universe'' (2007), p. 367.</ref>
}}
  1. ^ Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), p. 367.

Other examples

{{Cquote|1=F=ma|author=[[Isaac Newton]]}}

(the 1= is necessary as quote text contains an equal sign)


{{Cquote|1=Thus:
{{in5}}<math>E=mc^2</math>|author=[[Albert Einstein]]}}

(quote text contains an equal sign and math syntax)


{{Cquote|Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.|source=First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States |float=right |width=30%}}

(source with no author; floated right and width-constrained)

Note that it will wrap around article text like this. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.


{{Cquote|Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.|source=First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States |width=50%}}

(same quote, no float, width constraint)


{{Cquote|Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.|source=First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States}}

(same quote, no float, no width setting – for short quote, would use as much of line as necessary, and for longer quotes, full width of page, wrapping for multiple lines.)

TemplateData

This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools.

See the monthly error report for this template.

TemplateData for Cquote

This template is intended for quotes. Usually this is not appropriate for encyclopedia articles. The Manual of Style guidelines for block quotations recommend formatting block quotations using the {{Quote}} template or the HTML <blockquote> element.

Template parameters

This template has custom formatting.

Parameter Description Type Status
Quote quote1quotetexttextcontent

The quote to be visually repeated

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content required
Author authorpersonquoted

Name of the person that wrote or spoke the text being quoted

Default
empty
Example
[[Albert Einstein]]
Auto value
empty
Content suggested
Source sourcepublicationtitlequotesource

Source of the quote (publication title, speech, etc.). Can include wiki syntax. Can be used without |author= (e.g. for a scripture, law, or other source without an author per se)

Default
empty
Example
in a letter to his son<ref>[[Walter Isaacson]], ''Einstein: His Life and Universe'' (2007), p. 367.</ref>
Auto value
empty
Content suggested
Width width

The width of the quote

Default
Sized to fit content (auto)
Example
30%
Auto value
String optional
Float float

Position the quote to float on the right or left side of the content

Default
empty
Example
left
Auto value
empty
String optional
Background color bgcolor

The background color for the quote

Default
transparent
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Quotation mark color qcolor

Color of quotemarks (only for use in WP:Signpost, and personal pages; do not use in articles, guidelines, etc.)

Default
#B2B7F2
Example
#FF0000 for a red color
Auto value
empty
Unknown optional
Full width wide

In older versions of the template, when this was set to "yes", the quote expanded to the entire width of the page, which was useful for long quotes. However, it clashed with other floating objects, such as infoboxes, and the template now auto expands and line wraps as needed (full page, or within a |width= constraint).

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Boolean deprecated
Small small

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknown deprecated
Personquoted personquoted

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknown deprecated
Publication publication

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknown deprecated
Title title

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknown deprecated
Quotesource quotesource

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknown deprecated
2 2

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknown optional
3 3

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknown deprecated
4 4

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknown deprecated
5 5

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknown deprecated