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Type of site
Quotation repository
Available inMultilingual
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Created byJimmy Wales and the Wikimedia Community
LaunchedJuly 10, 2003 (2003-07-10)
Alexa rank
Decrease 4,431 (August 2015)[1]
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 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[edit]

In July 2004, about 70 subdomains were set up. As of 28 November 2010, twenty-five versions each have more than 1,000 articles. The largest Wikiquote is the Polish project with over 22,600 articles, followed by the English, Italian, German, Portuguese and Russian sites with over 5,000 articles each, and then by the Slovak, Spanish, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Turkish, Slovenian and French (which was restarted in December 2006, after being taken down for legal reasons). Fifty-three language versions have 100 or more articles.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Script error: No such module "Vorlage:Internetquelle". Alexa Internet, abgerufen am 1. August 2015.Vorlage:Cite web/temporär
  2. ^ DeVinney, Gemma (18 January 2007). "Wikiquote: Another source for quotes on the Web". UB Reporter. University of Buffalo. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  3. ^ Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Citation/CS1/Suggestions' not found.
  4. ^ Script error: No such module "Vorlage:Internetquelle". In: Script error: No such module "Vorlage:Internetquelle". Abgerufen am 29. November 2010.Vorlage:Cite web/temporär

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