Template:Pull quote

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This template is meant for pull quotes, the visually distinctive repetition of text that is already present on the same page. In most cases, this is not appropriate for use in encyclopedia articles. 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.

  • Pull 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 pull quotes, especially those longer than the rest of the paragraph in which they are quoted, {{Pull quote}} provides a borderless quote with decorative quotation marks, and {{Quote frame}} provided a bordered quote. Both span the article width.
  • For very short pull quotes, {{Reduced pull quote}} (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.

For a visually distinctive block quotation, use the {{Quotation}} template. Generally, do not mix-and-match styles in an article.

Usage

For actual pull quotes, this template provides a centered, borderless pull 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

  • {{Pull quote|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. {{pull quote|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
color of quotemarks (only for use in WP:Signpost, and personal pages; do not use in articles, guidelines, etc.)

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

{{pull quote|quote text}}

Sourced example

{{pull quote|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

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

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


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

(quote text contains an equal sign and math syntax)


{{pull quote|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.


{{pull quote|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)


{{pull quote|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.)