I need a quote-environment to end with source-references in a new line, flush right.

Simply using


more or less gives the result I want. But when QUOTED TEXT happens to end at the end of a page, SOURCE (usually only a single line) is moved to the new page, looking silly.

These pseudo-widows can be corrected manually (adding \pagebreak or \enlargethispage where needed), but for a whole book with a lot of block-quotes, this is quite a nuisance...

\nopagebreak between the environments is ignored.



instead, doesn't produce widows, but SOURCE is only formatted correctly as long as it isn't longer than one line.

Is there a way to make two environments behave as if they were one and thus the widow-control to be in effect?

  • Would it be possible to include an image of a 'manually corrected' quote?
    – Werner
    Aug 8 '11 at 18:45
  • I should have been more specific: By 'manually corrected' I was only refering to the possibility to correct for widows and orphans by adding \pagebreak or \enlargethispage where appropriate.
    – Florian
    Aug 8 '11 at 20:56
  • I think that one problem inherent problem in your current setup (removing all 'manual correction' and leaving things as-is) is that LaTeX would have no way of knowing where the QUOTED TEXT ends and the SOURCE starts. Would restructuring your quote environments work? For example, via something like \begin{quote}[SOURCE] QUOTED TEXT \end{quote}.
    – Werner
    Aug 8 '11 at 21:05
  • I had hoped that nesting the environments would do, but it doesn't. \nopagebreak in between the environments is ignored -- I edited the question to be clearer.
    – Florian
    Aug 9 '11 at 6:59

Placing the SOURCE in a \parbox[<v-align>]{<width>}{<stuff>} allows you to display it in a paragraph with \raggedleft justification (similar to flushright). It also allows for less of a separation between the QUOTE and SOURCE. Together with \nobreak, the following minimal example hopefully produces what you want:


  \nobreak\parbox[t]{\linewidth}{\raggedleft #1}% Placing a quote source

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    This is the source for this quote and it is very long. Must be an important 
    reference, otherwise it would not warrant having as much here.%


Source stuck to quote

You may need to play around with the SOURCE formatting to suit your liking.

  • 1
    That's precisely what I need! By adding \par before \nobreak I don't even have to remember to make \source a new paragraph every time.
    – Florian
    Aug 9 '11 at 12:45

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