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A quote is an excerpt of spoken or written word that was said by someone else and relayed directly word for word. It can be used to demonstrate the speaker's position or opinion, to display the beauty in a person's words, to further one's own arguments with the words of another, or to expose someone's hypocrisy or lies.

Using quotes in reports or articles

Quotes used correctly should be attributed to the person who said or wrote them, should state the date they were spoken or written, and where possible, should include enough information for the reader or listener to independently confirm that this is what was actually stated. This information is called a citation.


If a person changes or alters the quote at all, it is no longer a quote but a paraphrase. This can be a powerful tool as well, but writers should still cite the paraphrase so readers can independently verify that the paraphrase was accurate and correctly reflects what was in a quote.


If a person who is quoting another wants to use only part of a larger quotations, ellipses "..." are used. for example:

"If a person who is quoting another wants...part of a...quotation, ellipses are used". It is generally considered deceitful to edit out important things to make a Quote "good" for your side. For example:

"I hold many reservations about the existence of God, for there are many things I cannot explain, but for today, I do not believe in God because I find it inconvenient". quoted as

"I...do not believe in God..." would be deceitful, since clearly that is not what the author means.

wiki citations

In any wiki, (conservapedia or Wikipedia, for example), the code { { fact } } (no spaces) is used if an editor feels a quote needs a citation.

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