HTML <blockquote> Tag

The <blockquote> tag is used to define long quotes inside the document. Browsers usually indent <blockquote> elements.

The <blockquote> is a block-level element and can include tags for text formatting.


The <blockquote> element comes in pairs. The content must be written between opening (<blockquote>) and closing (</blockquote>) elements.

For short quotes in a document, use the <q> tag.


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    A quote from the Cheshire Cat, in the popular children's book, Alice In Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll
    <blockquote cite="">
      I'm not crazy, my reality is just different than yours. 



Attribute Value Description
cite URL Is used for specifying the source of the quote. The value can be either a relative or an absolute URL.

The <blockquote> also supports the Global Attributes and the Event Attributes.

How to style <blockquote> tag

Common properties to alter the visual weight/emphasis/size of text in <blockquote> tag:?

  • CSS font-style property sets the style of the font. normal | italic | oblique | initial | inherit
  • CSS font-family property specifies a prioritized list of one or more font family names and/or generic family names for the selected element.
  • CSS font-size property sets the size of the font.
  • CSS font-weight property defines whether the font should be bold or thick. CSS text-transform Property controls text case and capitalization.
  • CSS text-decoration property specifies the decoration added to text, and is a shorthand property for text-decoration-line, text-decoration-color, text-decoration-style

Coloring text in <blockquote> tag:

  • CSS color property describes the color of the text content and text decorations
  • CSS background-color property sets the background color of an element.

Text layout styles for <blockquote> tag:

  • CSS text-indent property specifies the indentation of the first line in a text block.
  • CSS text-overflow property specifies how overflowed content that is not displayed should be signaled to the user.
  • CSS white-space property specifies how white-space inside an element is handled.
  • CSS word-break property specifies where the lines should be broken.

Other properties worth looking at for <blockquote> tag

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