I'm using the book class and I would like to change the default spacing before and after a quote environment.

  • Welcome to TeX.SE. Your objective is a bit vague: Would you like to increase or decrease the vertical whitespace above and below a quote environment? Should the adjustment factor be multiplicative or additive? What line-spacing is in effect: Single-spacing, double-spacing, or something else? Please elaborate.
    – Mico
    Jun 4, 2015 at 4:40

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Tapping into the beginning/ending part of an environment in order to insert content (spacing, for example), is made easy using etoolbox:

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\AtBeginEnvironment{quote}{\vspace{2\baselineskip}}% Stuff before {quote}
\AtEndEnvironment{quote}{\vspace{1.5\baselineskip}}% Stuff after {quote}




  • Non-ideal about this approach is that it only add (subtracts) from the given space rather than sets the space itself.
    – Daniel
    Sep 3, 2023 at 9:01
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    @Daniel: Consider creating your own quotation environment then... using something like this.
    – Werner
    Sep 4, 2023 at 16:35

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