Wikiquote:Sourced and Unsourced sections

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It illustrates standards of conduct, which many editors agree with in principle, but it is not policy.
Feel free to update the page, but please discuss major changes on the talk page first.

Wikiquote Policies and Guidelines

Only quotes properly sourced to an original work or a reputable secondary publication should appear in Wikiquote articles.


Place sourced quotes as follows.


Quotes sourced to author's work appear without qualification in a "Quotes" section of the author's article,


Quotes sourced to a reputable secondary publication but not to author's work appear in an "Attributed" section in the author's article,


Quotes widely attributed to one author but sourced to another author appear in a "Misattributed" section in the non-author's article with citation to the correct authorship.


Unsourced quotes widely attributed to an author but not sourced to any author's work or a reputable secondary publication should not appear in the author's article. Instead, they should appear in an "Unsourced" section in the reputed author's discussion page. See, for example, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme," widely attributed to Mark Twain. In the past, many articles were divided into "Sourced" and "Unsourced" sections. Move unsourced sections appearing in articles to discussion pages.

Markup. Create an Unsourced section at the top of a talk page by copying the following wikitext and pasting it just below {{talkheader}} and any other leading templates:

{{disputed begin}}
''See'' [[Wikiquote:Sourced_and_Unsourced_sections]]
{{disputed end}}

Then insert content between the ''See" [[Wikiquote ... line and the {{disputed end}} line.

Idiocy, pranks and vandalism[edit]

Remove unsourced quotes that are not commonly attributed to an author. This includes quotes obviously not made by or about the subject, prank edits, and outright vandalism.

Moving quotes[edit]

In all cases of moving or removing a quote, please include an explanation in the edit summary to inform other Wikiquotians why you feel this is appropriate. Example summaries include:

  • "sourced quote"
  • "moved to Misattributed after finding original quote"
  • "removed likely prank edit"

See also[edit]