I would like to insert some literature quotations in my thesis. My first thought was to modify the verse environment as demonstrated in another question, though the result is not so pleasing.

I would like each quotation to be in quotation marks, provide an easy way to attribute the source below the quotation and be right aligned.


If you’re using the KOMA-Script document classes, take a look at the \dictum command in the documentation – this does exactly what you want.

For example, to put a quotation in front of a chapter:

  \dictum[Anonymous]{Forecasting is the art of saying what is going to happen
    and then to explain why it didn’t.}}

\chapter{Weather forecasting}
  • \documentclass[12pt,twoside,openright]{report} is my document class. Could I use it in any way (inclusion of a package perhaps? ) without changing the layout of my document? – Dimitris Leventeas Sep 8 '10 at 18:27
  • Load the scrextend package - it is part of KOMA-script and also provides the \dictum command. – lockstep Sep 8 '10 at 22:50
  • @myle: if you’re using the standard classes, I strongly suggest that you switch to the KOMA classes instead: each of the standard classes has a direct equivalent in the KOMA classes – the one for report is scrreprt. Granted, the layout will not be preserved but changing the layout to anything you like is really easy once you’ve read the (quite short) introduction on layouting in the KOMA documentation. – Konrad Rudolph Sep 9 '10 at 7:32
  • Thanks a lot Konrad! I replaced report with scrreprt and my document compiled without any problem and only slight differences in the layout. The \setchapterpreamble worked as advertised though some googling showed up its equivalent for the standard classes the epigraph. – Dimitris Leventeas Sep 9 '10 at 8:32

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