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  • I couldn’t understand the savants’ discussion, but I did assist in finding the solution by providing food and locking them in the room until they reached a consensus.
  • a political savant upon whom the candidate depends
  • Six years?" she asked, thinking he really was some kind of savant.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • It was as if through a living tableau, in which I myself was a participant, there were being acted out all the answers to the questions with which I had half maddened myself ever since I began secretly reading marriage manuals and sweated over the pages of Havelock Ellis and other sexual savants.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • As it was, he could be compared with nothing known to men, save that newest discovery of the savants, a substance which emits energy for an unlimited time, without being itself in the least diminished in power.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • An old savant! a botanist! an inoffensive man!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The influential English poet who wrote Paradise Lost was a contemporary of Galileo’s and a savant who conspiracy buffs put at the top of their list of Illuminati suspects.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • They had lacked what our good savants were later to call proper control.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • But have you reached the point, great savant as you are, of no longer believing in science?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Honour, then, to the generous savants!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary

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  • Writers, artists, and savants of America’s progressive vanguard have, for years, passed through his living room, pollinating him and his two brothers.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • His friends who were specialists and savants, occasionally—unmistakably from politeness—alluded to it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Do you suppose that the real savant addresses himself stupidly to the mere individual?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I thought he was so learned, such a savant, and all of a sudden he behaved so warmly, openly, and youthfully, with such youthful inexperience, and it was all so fine, like you….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The Dawsons smiled their appreciation of listening to a savant.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I didn’t know if he was the Messiah, or a savant who channeled texts he’d never read.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The would-be black savant was confronted by the paradox that the knowledge his people needed was a twice-told tale to his white neighbors, while the knowledge which would teach the white world was Greek to his own flesh and blood.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Babbitt had a good deal of honest pride in being the neighbor of such a savant, and in Ted’s intimacy with Eunice Littlefield.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • We knew there’s no keeping a born scholar ignorant, and at heart, I think, we didn’t really want to, but we were nervous, even frightened, at the statistics on child pedants and academic weisenheimers who grow up into faculty-recreation-room savants.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • In the entrance-hall stood the larger figures of the Greco-Buddhist sculptures done, savants know how long since, by forgotten workmen whose hands were feeling, and not unskilfully, for the mysteriously transmitted Grecian touch.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Explain how the savants are treated.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He’s some kind of autistic savant when it comes to keg stands.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • The compiler of this pamphlet is a savant bearing the fine old British name of Herman H. B. Meyer.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Only an idiot-savant, someone intoxicated with logarithms and railroad timetables, would know when the moon rises.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • "Drilling troops and giving classes on the internal combustion engine to all the local savants," said Sam.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • But like Marse Robert, Grant possesses a savant’s aptitude for warfare—indeed, he is capable of little else.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • He obstinately refused the nutritious food of the whole ox family, and even to the present hour, now that he is established in all the scientific dignity and security of a savant in one of the maritime towns, he turns his back with a shudder on those delicious and unrivalled viands, that are so often seen at the suppers of the craft, and which are unequalled by any thing, that is served under the same name, at the boasted chop-houses of London, or at the most renowned of the Parisian…
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Marilyn vos Savant said that you should always change and pick the final door because the chances are 2 in 3 that there will be a car behind that door.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • And this column was written by Marilyn vos Savant and in the magazine it said that she had the highest IQ in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records Hall of Fame.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Lots of people wrote to the magazine to say that Marilyn vos Savant was wrong, even when she explained very carefully why she was right.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • But Marilyn vos Savant was right.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Though Babbitt admired this savant, and appreciated Sidney Finkelstein as "a mighty smart buyer and a good liberal spender," it was to Vergil Gunch that he turned with enthusiasm.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • The savants stared at her ignorance.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • We are not savants, coxcombs, fops!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • But, hardly had the oedema gone down to some extent, than the two savants thought fit to put back the limb in the apparatus, strapping it tighter to hasten matters.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • You’re an idiot-savant.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • I was almost an idiot-savant, but I didn’t succeed.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • On the way he thought no more of money, but mused on the introduction that awaited him to the Petersburg savant, a writer on sociology, and what he would say to him about his book.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But underlying this thought, the first and most simple one, no doubt, there was in our opinion another, newer one, a corollary of the first, less easy to perceive and more easy to contest, a view as philosophical and belonging no longer to the priest alone but to the savant and the artist.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Faria had dug his way through fifty feet, Dantes would dig a hundred; Faria, at the age of fifty, had devoted three years to the task; he, who was but half as old, would sacrifice six; Faria, a priest and savant, had not shrunk from the idea of risking his life by trying to swim a distance of three miles to one of the islands—Daume, Rattonneau, or Lemaire; should a hardy sailer, an experienced diver, like himself, shrink from a similar task; should he, who had so often for mere…
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "What do you think I am," Alessandro asked, "an idiot-savant?
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • For at least a minute, perhaps longer, I shuddered and heaved in the throes of a pulmonary spasm, having had in the meantime to endure the humiliation of submitting to Nathan in the role of medical savant: "You’ve got a regular smoker’s cough there, Cracker.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "He must be a savant," answered Alyosha; "but I confess I can’t tell you much about him, either.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I’ve heard of him as a savant, but what sort I don’t know."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I need a savant to act as an expert witness.
  • But have you reached the point, great savant as you are, of no longer believing in science?
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Every body knows as much as the savant.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • I know that, because I was there on duty, having to interview one of the savants of the Academy of Philadelphia, who was being feted there.
    Leroux, Gaston  --  The Mystery of the Yellow Room
  • In general, listeners were divided into two, curiously restive camps: those who held that the Glasses were a bunch of insufferably "superior" little bastards that should have been drowned or gassed at birth, and those who held that they were bona-fide underage wits and savants, of an uncommon, if unenviable, order.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
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