simple css problem

This is a simple css class that I wish to apply on text, now the problem is that the text contains Links too and I want to change link color, font etc.
.quote {
      font-family: Verdana;
      font-size: 9pt;
      font-style: normal;
      line-height: normal;
      font-weight: normal;
      font-variant: normal;
      text-transform: none;
      color: #000000;
.quote:link {
color:#3333ff; text-decoration:none;font-size: 11pt;
.quote:visited {
color:#66666; text-decoration:none;
.quote:active {
color:#FF0033; text-decoration:underline;
.quote:hover {
color:#3333ff; text-decoration:underline;
The class is working well for simple text but when links come it doesn't apply the code for this(like for hover, visited and link).
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Like this:

.quote a:visited { color:#66666; text-decoration:none; }


<p class="quote"><a href="#">text</a></p>

Let me know if you need more detail, okay?

In the current setup you could try using:
<p class="quote">text <a href="#" class="quote">link</a> text</p>

But the solution provided by seanpowell has some better semantics.

jimmy282Author Commented:
my problem is this.
I already have text in about 200 pages/
something like this.
<A class="" href="something.htm"><SPAN
class=quote>text here</SPAN></A>

now how do I apply my "quote" class to these SPAN's inside the <a> tag. please help.
jimmy282Author Commented:
I dont want to change the HTML at all. I can only make changes to the css. but what changes?
a:link span.quote {some definitions}
a:visited span.quote {some definitions}
a:active span.quote {some definitions}
a:hover span.quote {some definitions}

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