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Type of site
Quotation repository
Available in Multilingual
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Created by Jimmy Wales and the Wikimedia Community
Alexa rank Negative increase 3,976 (November 2017)[1]
Commercial No
Registration Optional
Launched July 10, 2003 (2003-07-10)
Current status active

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 which began as an outgrowth to Wikipedia Famous Quotations 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. Though there are many online collections of quotations, Wikiquote is distinguished by being among the few that provide an opportunity for visitors to contribute.[2] Wikiquote pages are cross-linked to articles about the notable personalities on Wikipedia.[3]

Initially, the project was created solely in English; a later expansion to include additional languages was started in July 2004.[citation needed]


Growth of the largest eight Wikiquotes
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.

Multi-lingual cooperation

As of September 2016, there are a total of 89 language versions of Wikiquote[4] with 31 of those containing over 1,000 articles. Sixty of the 89 versions of Wikiquote have over 100 articles.[4] The ten largest Wikiquote language projects with over 5,000 articles each are listed here in descending order:

  1. English (28,000+ articles)
  2. Italian
  3. Polish
  4. Russian
  5. Czech
  6. German
  7. Portuguese
  8. Persian
  9. Spanish
  10. Ukranian

See also


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-11-01. 
  2. ^ DeVinney, Gemma (18 January 2007). "Wikiquote: Another source for quotes on the Web". UB Reporter. University of Buffalo. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Ahsan, Hafsa (27 January 2007). "It's all about Wikis". DAWN. Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Wikiquote Statistics". Wikipedia:Meta. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 

External links

  • Official website

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