Screenshot of the wikiquote.org home page
Type of site
|Available in||Multilingual (67 active)|
|Created by||Daniel Alston, Brion Vibber and the Wikimedia community|
|Launched||10 July 2003|
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 popflock.com resource 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.
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 December 2020, there are active Wikiquote sites for 67 languages comprising a total of 241,940 articles and 1,653 recently active editors.
|Temporarily put on the Wolof language popflock.com resource (wo.wikipedia.com).|
|Own subdomain created (quote.wikipedia.org).|
|Own domain created (wikiquote.org).|
|New languages added.|
|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)|
|English Wikiquote reaches 5,000 pages.|
|French Wikiquote taken down for legal reasons.|
|French Wikiquote restarted.|
|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 December 2020, there are Wikiquote sites for 89 languages of which 67 are active and 22 are closed. The active sites have 241,940 articles and the closed sites have 638 articles. There are 3,945,113 registered users of which 1,653 are recently active.
The top ten Wikiquote language projects by mainspace article count:
For a complete list with totals see Wikimedia Statistics: 
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.
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".