HTML <blockquote> Tag

The <blockquote> element (or HTML Block Quotation Element) indicates that the section is quoted from another source.

The <blockquote> element is a block-level element.

In HTML 4.01, we generally use this element for long quotations which have paragraphs. However, it is used for a quotation from another source after HTML5.

We can give a URL for quotation's source by using cite attribute, while a text representation of the source can be given using the <cite> element.

Recommendation: Use the <q> element for short quotations.


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


<!DOCTYPE html>
    Here an explanation for HTML:
    <blockquote cite="">
      HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) is the main markup language for creating web pages and to show any information that can be displayed in a web browser.
    As you see, it is automatically indented when we use blockquote element.


In the given example the cite attribute defines the website as the source for the quotation.


Attributes Value Description
cite URL Defines the source where the quotation is taken from.

The <blockquote> element also uses the Global Attributes.