all those tangled strands which required the dexterity of a virtuoso to keep flowing
John Knowles -- A Separate Peace
Juilliard was for virtuoso musicians, and it seemed arrogant to even think that they’d give me a second glance.
Gayle Forman -- If I Stay
a biography of the composer, piano virtuoso and child prodigy Franz Liszt.
Anne Frank -- The Diary of a Young Girl
...they haven’t devised such virtuoso methods of mass slaughter.
Wladyslaw Szpilman -- The Pianist
Virtuosity in Talmud was the achievement most sought after by every student of a yeshiva, for it was the automatic guarantee of a reputation for brilliance.
Chaim Potok -- The Chosen
Candide ... commended the virtuoso on his good taste.
Voltaire -- Candide
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For that matter, it is not all that different from the way the world of classical music picks its future virtuosos, or the way the world of ballet picks its future ballerinas, or the way our elite educational system picks its future scientists and intellectuals.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
They even forgot his insignificant appearance in the virtuosity with which he...
William Faulkner -- The Sound and the Fury
with the feelings of a virtuoso — one of the first violins who has played his part in an orchestra with precision
Leo Tolstoy -- The Death of Ivan Ilych
...the orchestra’s first energetic notes, which made her jump in her seat; the romance and tragedy of the story; the virtuoso performances and the songs, some of which were so beautiful that they’d brought tears to her eyes.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Guardian
twice Captain Frankel had demonstrated his virtuosity at la savate.
Robert A. Heinlein -- Starship Troopers
so with his virtuoso ease Odysseus strung his mighty bow.
Homer -- The Odyssey
I would have thought that he was too drunk to recite a limerick but he sounded off endlessly, in perfect scansion with complex inner rhymes and rippling alliterations, an astounding feat of virtuosity in rhetoric.
Robert A. Heinlein -- Glory Road
Like a much younger Mike Murphy, he too was a virtuoso at...
Marcus Luttrell -- Lone Survivor
He inherited a traditional art comparable in range and refinement to the art of the musical virtuoso in our day,
Homer -- The Odyssey
As much as I hate to admit it, in the here and now, there are other things we need before a virtuoso.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
Gayle Forman -- Where She Went
And yet in the end, she never attained the virtuosity the best young performers must have in order to be promoted to the next ranks.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
In the rows of dormitories are cadets who talk of alpine skiing, of duels, of jazz clubs and governesses and boar hunting; boys who employ curse words with virtuosic skill and boys who talk about cigarettes named for cinema stars; boys who speak of "telephoning the colonel" and boys who have baronesses for mothers.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
The music went on and on, minute after minute, with astonishing variations, never once repeating itself, almost as though the bird were deliberately showing off its virtuosity.
George Orwell -- 1984
He must be neither a dilettante nor a virtuoso: but he must be artistic.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
In the world of car salesmen, Golomb is a virtuoso.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Blink
The voice rose and fell in a rhythmical, dreamlike recital-part enumeration of earthly trials undergone by the congregation, part rapt display of vocal virtuosity, part appeal to God.
Ralph Ellison -- Invisible Man
It was full of wounding remarks rather brilliantly said, perhaps said for the sheer virtuosity of giving pain neatly.
Thornton Wilder -- The Bridge of San Luis Rey
This excitement about things reached an intensity out of proportion to their importance, generating a really extraordinary virtuosity with people.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Tender is the Night
Nevertheless, Aureliano Segundo became a virtuoso on the accordion and he still was after he had married and had children and was one of the most respected men in Macondo.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- One Hundred Years of Solitude
Sieveking assured me that if those two pieces were published, they would be in every virtuoso’s repertoire within six months.
James Hilton -- Lost Horizon
Perhaps I found it exasperating only because of a certain pretentious virtuosity.
Hermann Hesse -- Steppenwolf
Diarrhea became the constant companion of many riders, some of whom became virtuosos of defecation.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Seabiscuit
But lie played without feeling; he was always outside the music, drawing it out of the piano as if by magic, by the virtuosity of his vampire senses and control; the music did not come through him, was not drawn through him by himself.
Anne Rice -- Interview with the Vampire
Cain’s apparently a virtuoso at disguise.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Identity
One of these virtuosi seemed to think that I might be an embryo, or abortive birth.
Jonathan Swift -- Gulliver’s Travels
On the whole, it was a relief to break away now and then from the Sabrina; and the Duchess’s little breakfast, organized by Lord Hubert with all his usual virtuosity, was the pleasanter to Lily for not including her travelling-companions.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
But, as I said to this artist, who, by the way, seems to be a most civil fellow, and is a regular virtuoso, it appears, with his brush; what on earth, I said to him, do you find so extraordinary in this window, which is, if anything, a little dingier than the rest?
Marcel Proust -- Swann’s Way
He also yielded to none in his admiration of Rossini’s Stabat Mater, a work simply abounding in immortal numbers, in which his wife, Madam Marion Tweedy, made a hit, a veritable sensation, he might safely say, greatly adding to her other laureis and putting the others totally in the shade, in the jesuit fathers’ church in upper Gardiner street, the sacred edifice being thronged to the doors to hear her with virtuosos, or virtuosi rather.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
There could be no doubt that its scholarship and virtuosity, its tantali7ing glimpses of knowledge still untapped were deliberately designed to convince mankind that it was in the presence of overwhelming intellectual power.
Arthur C. Clarke -- Childhood’s End
She disturbed the balance between promise and lack of guarantee (which, when maintained, is a sign of flirtistic virtuosity); she promised too ardently, and without making it clear that the promise involved no guarantee on her part.
Milan Kundera -- The Unbearable Lightness of Being
To say the truth, Jones himself was not a little surprized at what he saw; for, besides the extraordinary neatness of the room, it was adorned with a great number of nicknacks and curiosities, which might have engaged the attention of a virtuoso.
Henry Fielding -- Tom Jones
Into this freshness of Madame Merle’s she obtained a considerable insight; she seemed to see it as professional, as slightly mechanical, carried about in its case like the fiddle of the virtuoso, or blanketed and bridled like the "favourite" of the jockey.
Henry James -- The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
…scruples—criticism of command (of Bragg after Chickamauga), satisfaction and an impersonal pride in maneuver or gunnery ("the practice of Marlowe’s battery excellent"), and finally the admiration for the feints and delays executed by Johnston’s virtuosity on the approaches to Atlanta, at Buzzard’s Roost, Snake Creek Gap, New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain ("there is always a kind of glory, however stained or obscured, in whatever man’s hand does well, and General Johnston does well").
Robert Penn Warren -- All the King’s Men
Every musician, however, was a virtuoso who followed an independent line.
Mark Helprin -- A Soldier of the Great War
As a twenty-year-old from Redlands, California, he was a virtuoso user of the word like.
Robert MacNeil and William Crane -- Do You Speak American?
Adams’s argument for the defense, though unrecorded, was considered a virtuoso performance.
David McCullough -- John Adams
FROSCH Are you, perhaps, a virtuoso?
Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) -- Faust
A moment’s pause, and the tone began again, this time in a rich, low bass deserving of the best virtuoso.
Ted Dekker -- Black: The Birth of Evil
He never said that art, as such, is wicked or meaningless, nor did he even say that technical virtuosity is unimportant.