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Wikiquote is a multilingual online open-content compendium of quotations. All contents but copyrighted quotations are released under the GFDL and CC-BY-SA in the same manner as other Wikimedia Foundation projects.

The beginning[edit]

It began with an anonymous post on Meta on June 27, 2003.

a proposed idea: Wikiqoutionary an Enyclopedia of Quotes. The temp page can be found here: [1] - fonzy.

It started as on July 10, 2003 and later got its own domain, on August 25, 2003.


Wikiquote had quotations with over 2,500 articles in six languages in June 2004, one year after its first proposal under a domain wikiquote org. Some language-speakers other than English requested their own subdomain and on July 17, they were created. Then Wikiquotes in languages like German, French, Italian and Polish started.

The Wikiquote project is expanding slowly but steadily. At the end of September there were about 15 Wikiquotes, both large and small. On December 1, there were 24 Wikiquote projects. There were almost 6,500 articles in total on December 2004. At the end of May 2005 the number of articles in total reached 14,000. As of February 2006, it included nearly 30,000 articles in over 30 languages. As of May 2007, it included over 60,000 articles in 87 languages. As of June 2008, it included over 80,000 articles in 89 languages.

Since the last update of June 2008, the number of languages has ​​remained stable, while the number of articles has doubled. As of 10 May 2014, about eleven years after its creation, the Wikiquote project now includes over 168,000 articles in 89 languages. Twenty-eight language versions have more than 1,000 articles. Fifty-six language versions have 100 or more articles.

The largest Wikiquotes are Polish and English with over 23,000 articles each. The next largest are Italian and Russian with over 10,000 articles, followed by German, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Czech; all five have over 5,000 articles.


Sometimes the Wikiquote project faces troubles and challenges. One of the most remarkable challenges was copyright issues on the French Wikiquote. To avoid problems, on March 2006 the Foundation decided to take it down, erase all its material and relaunch it. For details, see the announcement from the Foundation.

However, devoted editors rescued the situation. They settled their charter and polices, and French Wikiquote was relaunched on December 4, 2006.


See Wikimedia in figures - Wikiquote and this page for complete statistics.

Table transcluded from Wikiquote/Table.


Recomended article-count milestones are 100, 500, 1k, 2k, 5k increments to 50k, 10k increments to 100k, 25k increments to 250k, 50k increments to 500k, and 100k increments to 1000k.

Reporting to Wikimedia News is also recommended.

Past milestones are found at archives.





  • February, 2010
    • Wikiquote has over 100,000 articles in total. Not known when the milestone has reached.


An Alemannic Wikiquote has been created as separate namespace within Alemannic Wikipedia: Alemannischi Spruchsammlig (Wikiquote).

New Wikiquote[edit]

If you want to launch a Wikiquote project in your favorite language, you can request it, filling some requirements. See Requests for new languages for further information.

Project-wide communications[edit]

Most of language projects of Wikiquote have its discussion place on their wikis. If it is hard for you to find it, try talk:Main Page on each wiki.

The global Wikiquote community utlizes some communication channels.

Related pages[edit]

Wikiquote coordination[edit]