Wikiquote:Quotes by living persons

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This page is an official policy on Wikiquote.
It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow.
Please do not make significant changes to this page without prior discussion.
Wikiquote Policies and Guidelines

Editors must take particular care adding quotes attributed to a living person or quotes about a living person to any Wikiquote page. Such material requires a degree of sensitivity, and must adhere strictly to our content policies:

This applies on any page, including talk and project pages. This also applies to implications made through internal and external links and to the use of media.[1] The possibility of harm to living subjects must always be considered when exercising editorial judgment.

All quotes attributed to a living author or about a living subject must be verified by a reliable source. This is to protect living persons from having statements falsely attributed to them. Therefore, such quotes lacking a verifiable source should be removed immediately; if all quotes on a subject's page are removed for lacking sources, the page itself may be speedily deleted as a page lacking quotes. Although unsourced quotes may generally be moved to an article's talk page for sourcing and discussion, unsourced quotes related to living persons that are in any way potentially defamatory or otherwise damaging to the purported author should be removed entirely, and will not be moved to the article's talk page. If such content is egregious, it should be redacted from the article's history by an administrator.

Even when well sourced, Wikiquote articles should not be created so that they serve primarily to threaten or disparage any individual or group. Articles which serve no purpose but to disparage their subject should be deleted as an attack page, according to guidance at Wikiquote:Speedy deletions.

It is important that Category:Living people is added to all articles about living people, to help monitor this policy.

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  1. Using images of identifiable living people in a way that is disparaging may also violate laws related to personality rights. For more information see c:Commons:Photographs of identifiable people.

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