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If I want to give a quotation, I can set it out as a block-quote and it looks beautiful:

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; / Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!

But if I want two such quotations in a row, I don’t know how to separate them. I’ve tried several options, and none works: just separating them by an empty line

  > Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

  > And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

merges to a single block-quote (even if more separating lines are added):

Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

Adding a non-breaking space on the separating line merges even more:

  > In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
  [non-breaking space here] 
  > Call me Ishmael.

makes it a single line:

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.   Call me Ishmael.

Adding an empty line after the non-breaking space makes it identical to the first example. Adding an empty line before the non-breaking space

  > Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore are thou Romeo?

  [non-breaking space here]
  > To be or not to be, that is the question.

looks perfect in the preview, but leaves a full blank line in the final rendering — much too large a gap:

Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore are thou Romeo?

 

To be or not to be, that is the question.

Is there a better option than any of these?

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Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

> Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.    

<!-- hey there sailor -->    

> And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
  • Awesome! Thanks muchly for an effective and authoritative answer. – PLL Jan 18 '11 at 4:05

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