A Curious Student’s Guide on Types of Quotes

What is a Quotation?

The purpose of quotations in writing is to add depth or to support your argument.

Types of Quotations

Examples of Direct Quotations (In-text quotes)

According to Vladimir Lenin (1895), “factory owners were able to impose fines for what they pleased and to any extent they wished.”

Toru Watanabe of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood (1987/2000) reflects, “I was at that age, that time of life when every sight, every feeling, every thought came back, like a boomerang, to me” (p. 6).

In Plato’s Apology, we can see clearly that Socrates is standing up for himself as evidenced by his words, “[t]here have been many who have accused me to you for many years now, and none of their accusations are true” (1 18b).

John Stuart Mill states, “[t]he struggle between Liberty and Authority is the most conspicuous feature in the portions of history with which we are earliest familiar, particularly in that of Greece, Rome, and England” (6).

Examples of Direct Quotations (Block Quotes)

Examples of Indirect Quotations

Direct Quotations vs. Indirect Quotations



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