Intellectual Takeout

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Intellectual Takeout App 2.0 is out!

A few weeks ago we released an iPhone app for Intellectual Takeout. It was received really well and a number of folks recommended changes, such as sorting by categories and the ability to “favorite” or “bookmark”, to make it better. We listened...

Can You Pass This 8th Grade Spelling Test from 1904?

With the rise of spell check and auto correct, we've let instruction in spelling go to the wayside. But in 1904, proper spelling was an absolute must if one wanted to move on to high school. The following quiz is taken from a Boxwell-Patterson...

9 Ever-Relevant Quotes from Machiavelli’s 'The Prince'

1) “A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent.”   2) “One ought to be both feared and loved, but as it is difficult for the two to go together, it is much...

7 Relevant Quotes for Tax Day

1. “We con­tend that for a nation to try to tax itself into pros­per­ity is like a man stand­ing in a bucket and try­ing to lift him­self up by the han­dle.” – Winston Churchill, 1905   2. “[N]o taxes can be devised which are not more or...

7 Highly Profound Quotes from E.B. White

1) “If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This...

8 Highly Insightful Quotes from Neil Postman

1. “Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.”    2. “At its...

Intellectual Takeout has an app!

It’s been too long in coming, but Intellectual Takeout now has an app. While it’s live on Apple’s App Store, it’s still just a beta version. You can download it for your iPhone by clicking the link below: Intellectual Takeout App Let us know...

What are 'Checks and Balances' in Government?

The modern understanding of checks and balances is that of government divided into separate and distinct branches. Each branch is endowed with certain safeguards to prevent against concentration and abuse of power. The concept of checks and...

8 Quotes for Election Season from Saul Bellow

1) “For the first time in history, the human species as a whole has gone into politics. Everyone is in the act, and there is no telling what may come of it.”   2) “A good American makes propaganda for whatever existence has...

8 Thought-Provoking Quotes from the Author of ‘The Little Prince’

1. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”   2. “The machine does not isolate us from the great problems of nature but plunges us more deeply into them.”   3. “Life has...

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