# Including a quote in a bibliography

I'm writing my thesis and would love to begin my bibliography with the famous line from the Talmud:

"a person who cites his source brings deliverance to the world" (Avot 6:5)

That is i am using the \bibliography command, and I'd like to place the quote between the heading and the list of cited sources

With natbib you can normally redefine \bibpreamble:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{natbib}
\begin{document}
\cite{doody}
\bibliographystyle{plainnat}
\def\bibpreamble{Some text before the bib}
\bibliography{biblatex-examples}

\end{document}


Use the epigraph package (< texdoc epigraph section 2.6 Epigraphed bibliographies). The code given there can also be used, with appropriate edits, to add epigraphs to other things like indexes or abstracts.

Just in case you decide to switch to biblatex:

\defbibnote{myprenote}{Here goes my text.}
\printbibliography[prenote=myprenote]