Susan Winebrenner On Intelligence

  • September 23, 2013

“Real intelligence is a creative use of knowledge, not merely an accumulation of facts. The slow thinker who can finally come up with an idea of his own is more important to the world than a walking encyclopedia who hasn’t learned how to use this information productively.”
— Susan Winebrenner

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20 Comments on Susan Winebrenner On Intelligence

  • Obalade Damilola says:
    February 15, 2019 at 4:13 PM

    This is so true..if you have knowledge and you don’t use it, then you are useless..what’s the use of having so much knowledge and not being able to apply it to solve some human problems


  • Jane N says:
    February 15, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Very true. There is no need of knowing so much that will never help you.


  • joy says:
    February 15, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Sadly, most of the world thinks that a walking dictionary is the epitome of intelligence. Little do they know that the unknown guy in his little shop, tinkering with stuff is more intelligent than those who are so-called well-read.


  • Grace K says:
    February 15, 2019 at 4:05 AM

    I totally agree with you. It doesn’t matter how much you know, if what you know cannot help you solve your problems, then there is no difference between you and th one who has no clue.


  • mcdalit says:
    February 15, 2019 at 3:47 AM

    I believe the essence of knowledge and intelligence is to share it to the world. Especially to those who needs knowledge.


  • photography1257 says:
    February 15, 2019 at 1:41 AM

    Quite the quote! Really like the “creative use of knowledge” part!


  • Amanda says:
    February 15, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Indeed. Sometimes people so obsessed in having so much info/knowledge without applying it in life.


  • Miaka Yuuki says:
    February 15, 2019 at 12:07 AM

    I agree. If I may ad, at times true intellect also means just having common sense. And I truly believe that since in reality all those math are not applicable after school.


  • Maury Cheskes says:
    February 14, 2019 at 10:39 PM

    I really like the point you addressed. It’s the innovators who think outside of the box that make the largest impact.


  • jolly555 says:
    February 14, 2019 at 8:13 PM

    The world should take this quote seriously to make it better. Put your knowledge to test,don’t just walk around with it doing nothing.


  • Rizzee Cerdeñola says:
    February 14, 2019 at 4:47 PM

    This quote is absolutely true. It is about how to apply it in real life situations. We can have a broad mind like thw galaxy but can’t use in life. I would rather be wise than knowledgeable.


  • Steve says:
    February 13, 2019 at 10:06 PM

    I can relate to this quote. Owning all degrees in the world does not guarantee intelligence.


  • Jason says:
    February 13, 2019 at 10:04 PM

    Brilliantly put quote. Knowledge is useless if you can’t use it to solve problems and build upon it.


  • Danielle M says:
    February 13, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    I agree, things are useless when you cant use them for the nenefit of you or the others.


  • brainedet says:
    February 13, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    This is so true, the world doesn’t just want people with knowledge within but those that can turn their little knowledge into something profitable.


  • Mark Clapton says:
    February 13, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Intelligence is beyond the academe. It’s not just all about the textbook, it’s about how you apply and use what you learn.


  • Anne says:
    September 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Excellent quote, Tom. I know several people with degrees who are arrogant idiots. Having a degree does not guarantee intelligence, common sense, or the ability to use knowledge.


    • Thomas says:
      September 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM



      • Anne says:
        September 24, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        In pondering this quote by Susan Winebrenner, it occurs to me that among those of us who have degrees, the worst of all is the one who asserts superiority over those who do not. This person not only removes all doubt about his/her ignorance, but also displays a vile prejudice and consequent proof that one has not really understood what an education is.


        • Thomas says:
          September 24, 2013 at 7:48 PM



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