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I want to define a quote environment such that after the quote on the right occurs the author with page number. My solution is yet the redefinition of the quote environment

\usepackage{amsthm} % pushQED, popQED

with the following result:

The drawback is the parskip in front of the author, which wastes some space in the first quote, but is right in the second one. If I change my command to:


I get the following result:

Now the placement of the author's name in the first quote is perfect, but in the second quote I want a parskip in front, like in my first example.

How can I find out, whether the line has enough space to put the author without a parskip behind or if there is not enough space to introduce a parskip to put the author on the next line?

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Welcome for TeX.SX. I included the images for you. Note if you want to edit your question before you got 10rep points you need to change them to links by removing the ! in front of them. – Martin Scharrer Mar 17 '11 at 22:38
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There's a nice \signed macro that serves this purpose on page 106 of the TeXbook; here's a little variation used to build the aquote environment which behaves as expected;


\def\signed #1{{\leavevmode\unskip\nobreak\hfil\penalty50\hskip2em
  \parfillskip=0pt \finalhyphendemerits=0 \endgraf}}



This is a case where the name fits in nicely with the quote so the name will appear in the same line.

\begin{aquote}{Nicolas Bourbaki}
This is a case where the name won't fit in nicely with the quote, and in this case the name will be moved to the next line.


Here's the result:

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Thank you! Exactly, what I searched for. Also many thanks for the exact reference in the TeXbook. – FredericChopin Mar 18 '11 at 7:31
Why do you need the the \savebox? Is parameter #1 otherwise unavailable in the closing part of the environment? – Christian Lindig Mar 18 '11 at 19:22
@Christian Lindig: yes,you are right, when defining a new environment, you cannot specify parameters directly in the closing part of the definition; the standard trick is to store them in boxes in the opening part and use the boxes in the closing part. – Gonzalo Medina Mar 18 '11 at 19:37

I just want to add for completeness that the memoir package provides the


command, which can be used immediately after a quote or quotation environment and does what the question asks.

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Also for completeness, please refer to the attrib package. You can approximate the effect you want with the following:

  We call a disposition the arrangement of that which has parts, in respect 
  either of place or of capacity or of kind; for there must be a certain 
  position, as the word ‘disposition’ shows.

  \attrib{{\em Metaphysics} {\greektext D}.19, 1022b1--3}
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Welcome to TeX.sx! – Peter Jansson Mar 11 '13 at 17:22
This doesn't answer the question, though, because it will always put the attribution on a new line, even if there's room on the existing one. – cfr Jan 9 at 2:01

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