Wikiquote is part of a family of wiki-based projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation using MediaWiki software. Based on an idea by Daniel Alston and implemented by Brion Vibber, the project's objective is to produce collaboratively a vast reference of quotations from prominent people, books, films, proverbs, etc. and writings about them. The website aims to be as accurate as possible regarding the provenance and sourcing of the quotations.
Type of site
|Available in||Multilingual (72 active)|
|Created by||Daniel Alston, Brion Vibber and the Wikimedia community|
|Launched||10 July 2003|
Initially, the project operated only in English from July 2003, expanding to include other languages in July 2004. As of June 2023, there are active Wikiquote sites for 72 languages comprising a total of 298,829 articles and 1,584 recently active editors.
The Wikiquote site originated in 2003. The article creation milestones are taken from WikiStats.
27 June 2003
|Temporarily put on the Wolof language Wikipedia (wo.wikipedia.org).|
10 July 2003
|Own subdomain created (quote.wikipedia.org).|
25 August 2003
|Own domain created (wikiquote.org).|
17 July 2004
|New languages added.|
13 November 2004
|English edition reaches 2,000 pages.|
|Reaches 24 languages.|
|Reaches 10,000 pages in total. English edition has close to 3,000 pages.|
|Reaches 34 languages, including one classical (Latin) and one artificial (Esperanto)|
4 November 2005
|English Wikiquote reaches 5,000 pages.|
|French Wikiquote taken down for legal reasons.|
4 December 2006
|French Wikiquote restarted.|
7 May 2007
|English Wikiquote reaches 10,000 pages.|
|Reaches 40 languages.|
|Reaches a total of 100,000 articles among all languages.|
|Reaches a total of 200,000 articles among all languages.|
|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.
As of June 2023, there are Wikiquote sites for 95 languages of which 72 are active and 23 are closed. The active sites have 298,829 articles and the closed sites have 638 articles. There are 4,169,370 registered users of which 1,584 are recently active.
The top ten Wikiquote language projects by mainspace article count:
For a complete list with totals see Wikimedia Statistics: 
Use in experimentsEdit
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".
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- ^ Lane, R.O.; Holmes, W.J.; Taylor, C.J.; State-Davey, H.M.; Wragge, A.J. (30 March 2021). Predicting the Descent into Extremism and Terrorism (PDF). 6th IMA Conference on Mathematics in Defence and Security. Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
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- ^ Rentoul, John (11 May 2013). "The top ten:Misquotations". The Independent. Independent Digital News & Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 11 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
- ^ Robinson, Andrew (4 December 2019). "5 things you (probably) didn't know about Albert Einstein". History extra - BBC. Albert Einstein is probably the most quoted figure of our time. Archived from the original on 5 December 2019. Retrieved 12 December 2019.