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  • The article is entitled Destitute and Desperate in the Land of Plenty.
  • The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
    Sir Francis Bacon
  • The supposition of a want of proper knowledge seems to be entirely destitute of foundation.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • Now he had tuberculosis and was living in destitution in the ghetto in Otwock.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist

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  • Grandparents who get money to care for children left behind would be destitute without the payments.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • "You ought not to send your things to me, Mother. We have plenty to eat out there. You can make much better use of them here." How destitute she lies there in her bed,
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Returning to Kabul was like running into an old, forgotten friend and seeing that life hadn’t been good to him, that he’d become homeless and destitute.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • "No," said Siddhartha, "I have not become destitute"
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • Near the turn of the century, the destitute of Europe sprang on the city with tenacious claws and an honest and solid dream.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • Accordingly, remembering how the gods never fail to reward those who befriend the destitute,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy

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  • was created for the sole purpose of isolating black Africans in small, destitute enclaves where laws were instituted to control the residents and police entered to harass, not to protect.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Hatsuyo Nakamura, weak and destitute, began a courageous struggle, which would last for many years, to keep her children and herself alive.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • He was a poor man, the husband of a sickly woman, whom his desertion would leave alone and destitute; and even if he had had the heart to desert her he could have done so only by deceiving two kindly people who had pitied him.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • I’m ashamed that in a region of unprecedented wealth, the destitute and the sick have been shoved into this human corral.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • ...a school in one of the most destitute barrios in all of Monterrey.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • She had no family—maybe she was even destitute now.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I vowed to myself that, even if I went home and all the money ran out and my family was absolutely destitute, I would never sell these or give them away, or the bracelet he’d gotten me in New Asia.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • I fought off the momentary pang at being utterly destitute again and ran a quick mental inventory of what I had in my travelsack.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • You have the chance to save a child from destitution, poverty, and I believe Mrs. Scatcherd would agree that it is not too great an exaggeration to add sin and depravity.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • There was a report that they had driven through the bush for days on the back of a truck and had turned up panic-stricken and destitute at the border town of Kisoro.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It was a cruel period for the aspiring swordsman, especially if he was young and destitute.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Later, I wondered: did I look that destitute, that the doormen had taken up a collection for me?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Despite this destitution, the soldiers and officers went on living just as usual.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It is said that I have destroyed the home of the destitute.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • On Earth she had been a social worker for the homeless and destitute.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Why, when I found myself utterly destitute, I thought my old friends would, perhaps, assist me.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "You ain’t destitute?"
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • I wish to soothe him, yet can I counsel one so infinitely miserable, so destitute of every hope of consolation, to live?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • You are very kind, I am sure; and I wish with all my heart it may prove so, for else they will be destitute enough.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • You may imagine, Mr. Holmes, that to me, destitute as I was, such an offer seemed almost too good to be true.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Long captivated by the writing of Leo Tolstoy, McCandless particularly admired how the great novelist had forsaken a life of wealth and privilege to wander among the destitute.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The hungry and destitute situation of the infant orphan was duly reported by the workhouse authorities to the parish authorities.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • As he was destitute of any other means of defense, his safety now depended entirely on bodily strength and resolution.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The man who had addressed Haley, and who seemed not destitute of compassion, bought her for a trifle, and the spectators began to disperse.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The Fowls were not left destitute, far from it.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The government sought to mandate military service for the men—and to send them, in effect, back into the south or into the Nuba Mountains to continue the campaign of terror that had led these very people to arrive destitute in Khartoum to begin with.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • But it was not likely that he had reference to the kind of anguish that comes with destitution, that is so endlessly bitter and cruel, and yet so sordid and petty, so ugly, so humiliating—unredeemed by the slightest touch of dignity or even of pathos.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • However, Mr. Heathcliff has claimed and kept them in his wife’s right and his also: I suppose legally; at any rate, Catherine, destitute of cash and friends, cannot disturb his possession.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • And we look after the wives and families of some of the wounded who are destitute—yes, worse than destitute.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • This greatness of spirit in a man who was quite destitute struck even Porthos; and this French generosity, repeated by Lord de Winter and his friend, was highly applauded, except by MM.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • When the masses are destitute and yet there are goods available, it’s idiotic to expect people to be stopped by some scrap of paper called a property deed.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He wondered how many people were destitute that same night even in his own prosperous country, how many homes were shanties, how many husbands were drunk and wives socked, and how many children were bullied, abused or abandoned.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It seemed quite destitute of any intelligence, so that I was able to kill it with a single blow from my stick.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • In our weeping, then, his mother, now so destitute, and I might have had surfeit and relief of tears.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I felt more miserable and destitute than I had done at any period of my running away.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • How strange that I should be called a destitute woman!
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Home now looked bare and dismal as she thought of it, work grew harder than ever, and she felt that she was a very destitute and much-injured girl, in spite of the new gloves and silk stockings.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He gave thanks for our food and comfort, and prayed for the poor and destitute in great cities, where the struggle for life was harder than it was here with us.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • The glamour of youth enveloped his particolored rags, his destitution, his loneliness, the essential desolation of his futile wanderings.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
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