I need to include block quotes in my thesis, and the line following should not be indented. I am using the memoir class with XeLaTeX.

For example the following code:

Lorem Ipsum Dolor

The quote above \\ means...

Tyepsets like this:

  Lorem Ipsum Dolor

  The quote above 

And I want it to typeset like this:

  Lorem Ipsum Dolor

The quote above

I realize that I could start every paragraph after \end{quote} with \noindent, but there must be an easier, automatic way.

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    Don't leave a blank line after \end{quote} (or comment out the blank line). Sep 4, 2011 at 21:19

2 Answers 2


As Gonzalo said, "[d]on't leave a blank line after \end{quote} (or comment out the blank line)". However, by removing the indentation from the following "paragraph", you are in fact denoting that the paragraph which includes the quote environment is continued -- which may or may not be the case. Text quotes may constitute a paragraph of their own, they may close a more substantial paragraph, and they may even be positioned in the midst of such a paragraph. Only in the last case is it appropriate to remove the indentation after the quote environment.

Shameless plug: My quoting package provides the quoting environment which also allows to control first-line indentation by adding/removing a blank line before the environment.

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    The paragraph following the block quote is by no means the continuation of the quote. It is similar to the first paragraph after a heading: it is a new paragraph but does not need to be indented. By removing the blank line, I get many orphan and widow issues (which is logical as Tex does not see that it is a new paragraph). Sep 6, 2011 at 5:57
  • Well, I disagree. :-) Text after headings always starts a new paragraph; text after quotes (like text after dispayed equations) may yor may not start a new paragraph. As for orphans, my quoting package includes a mechanism to avoid them.
    – lockstep
    Sep 6, 2011 at 6:03
  • I meant in my specific case. In general both cases are possible, but most of my blockquotes are to be construed as a separate paragraph. Sep 6, 2011 at 8:01

The correct way it as mentioned by others is to not leave a blank line. However, if you want to enforce this as a style for your entire document, then you could use something as below which forces the line following to not be indented (independent of if you leave a blank line or not).

This use the \@doendeq from Command for paragraph indentation after equations




Lorem Ipsum Dolor (with blank lines following)

The quote above \\ means...

Lorem Ipsum Dolor (without blank lines following)
The quote above \\ means...

  • Thanks for this one! :-) Been looking for this for a while. This is my preferred style for environments that are never in the middle of a paragraph. I'm patching them with \AfterEndEnvironment from the etoolbox package.
    – mhelvens
    Oct 19, 2012 at 0:48
  • Thanks a lot. I was just having this problem in a memoir document, with \chapterprecis forcing an indent of the chapter's first paragraph. Mar 7, 2013 at 17:41

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