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Type of site
Quotation repository
Available inMultilingual (67 active)
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Created byDaniel Alston, Brion Vibber and the Wikimedia community
Launched10 July 2003; 19 years ago (2003-07-10)
Current statusactive

Wikiquote is one of a family of wiki-based projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation, running on MediaWiki software. Based on an idea by Daniel Alston and implemented by Brion Vibber, the goal of the project is to produce collaboratively a vast reference of quotations from prominent people, books, films, proverbs, etc. and to be as proper as possible in regard to the details of the quotations and also providing the appropriate human reference of the quotation.

Initially, the project was created solely in English in July 2003; a later expansion to include additional languages was started in July 2004. As of August 2022, there are active Wikiquote sites for 67 languages comprising a total of 277,998 articles and 1,534 recently active editors.


Growth of the largest eight Wikiquotes until early 2008

The Wikiquote site originated in 2003. The article creation milestones are taken from WikiStats.

Date Event
27 June 2003
Temporarily put on the Wolof language Wikipedia (
10 July 2003
Own subdomain created (
25 August 2003
Own domain created (
17 July 2004
New languages added.
13 November 2004
English edition reaches 2,000 pages.
November 2004
Reaches 24 languages.
March 2005
Reaches 10,000 pages in total. English edition has close to 3,000 pages.
June 2005
Reaches 34 languages, including one classical (Latin) and one artificial (Esperanto)
4 November 2005
English Wikiquote reaches 5,000 pages.
April 2006
French Wikiquote taken down for legal reasons.
4 December 2006
French Wikiquote restarted.
7 May 2007
English Wikiquote reaches 10,000 pages.
July 2007
Reaches 40 languages.
February 2010
Reaches a total of 100,000 articles among all languages.
May 2016
Reaches a total of 200,000 articles among all languages.
January 2018
Introduced in the curriculum of national partnerships between schools and non-profits (Italy)


Though there are many online collections of quotations, Wikiquote is distinguished by being among the few that provide an opportunity for visitors to contribute and the very few which strive to provide exact sources for each quotation as well as corrections of misattributed quotations. Wikiquote pages are cross-linked to articles about the notable personalities on Wikipedia.

Multi-lingual cooperation

As of August 2022, there are Wikiquote sites for 89 languages of which 67 are active and 22 are closed. The active sites have 277,998 articles and the closed sites have 638 articles. There are 4,099,847 registered users of which 1,534 are recently active.

The top ten Wikiquote language projects by mainspace article count:

No. Language Wiki Good Total Edits Admins Users Active users Files
1 Italian it 44,235 181,538 1,223,329 11 91,489 91 285
2 English en 43,206 188,473 3,145,327 16 3,128,475 411 0
3 Polish pl 24,742 52,354 536,075 8 53,010 76 1
4 Russian ru 15,165 40,126 380,719 6 96,852 71 0
5 Czech cs 12,152 16,236 133,450 3 17,486 18 1
6 Estonian et 10,108 16,600 89,857 3 3,703 19 3
7 Portuguese pt 9,303 32,047 185,403 3 37,287 41 19
8 Persian fa 9,100 31,253 171,388 5 26,666 28 39
9 Ukrainian uk 7,940 34,305 120,415 6 15,832 30 0
10 German de 7,878 20,227 517,656 6 62,504 37 17

For a complete list with totals see Wikimedia Statistics:

Use in experiments

It can be possible to utilise Wikiquote as a text corpus for language experiments. The University of Wroclaw team entering Conversational Intelligence Challenge of the 2017 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2017) used Wikiquote to produce a conversational talker module for extraction of rare words. Researchers have used Wikiquote to train language models to detect extremist quotes.


Wikiquote has been suggested as "a great starting point for a quotation search" with only quotes with sourced citations being available. It is also noted as a source from frequent misquotes and their possible origins. It can be used for analysis to produce claims such as "Albert Einstein is probably the most quoted figure of our time".

See also

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