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  • The blockade is causing widespread privation.
  • She grew up in a world of stillbirths and privation.
  • She is ill because of the terrible privations she suffered while held prisoner.
  • They had the hard, winnowed look of men who’ve spent much of their life outdoors, suffering privation.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea

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  • She is unused to such privations as these, and she has yet to reconcile herself to them.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Despite the privations of those weeks and months, our plan for our daughters gave us hope and we tried to remember life’s goodness with each passing day.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • "Dear, I think the privations of your time on this island may have affected you in some way—" His Excellency began.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • These tales speak of women who were trained in the art of war from childhood—in the use of weapons, and how to cope with physical privation.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • She apparently was about seventy years of age and was bent almost double with the weight of many years of toil, and trouble, and privation.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • At least, out on the beaches, her privation and fear are rinsed away by wind and color and light.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • "There is nothing pleasant" about soldiering, wrote a corporal from Ohio, but "I can endure its privations . for there is a big Idea which is at stake . the principles of Liberty, of Justice, and of the Righteousness which exalteth a Nation."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Also, to a lesser degree, I think she may not have wanted to expose to the world what had been wreaked upon her body by the privation of the past.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Outside, sleet tapped at the windowpanes and drizzled over the canal; and though the brocades were rich and the carpet was soft, still the winter light carried a chilly tone of 1943, privation and austerities, weak tea without sugar and hungry to bed.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • This, however, is not considered a very great privation.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • It was January, midwinter, an awful time to have to face privation.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Except for these privations I wasn’t too unhappy.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • But this, too, entailed military weakness, and since the privations it inflicted were obviously unnecessary, it made opposition inevitable.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The abnormal fragility of her normal appearance made her look exhausted with privation in these surroundings; the neighbors felt certain that she had TB.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • As generally happens, Pierre did not feel the full effects of the physical privation and strain he had suffered as prisoner until after they were over.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They will return to a nobler life if we teach them to bear privations.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I look upon our life in hiding as an interesting adventure, full of danger and romance, and every privation as an amusing addition to my diary.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Despite the trials and privations, his face still shone with his inner purity.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • And, withal, a life of privation, isolation, abnegation, chastity, with never a diversion.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • For not only would they meet with all the sympathies of sailors, but likewise with all the peculiar congenialities arising from a common pursuit and mutually shared privations and perils.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He had been led to the murder through his shallow and cowardly nature, exasperated moreover by privation and failure.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • —King Henry V A few succeeding days were passed amid the privations, the uproar, and the dangers of the siege, which was vigorously pressed by a power, against whose approaches Munro possessed no competent means of resistance.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • His need was to exist, and to move onwards at the greatest possible risk, and with a maximum of privation.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Even the small privations of clothing and food did not annoy her, so happy was she to be in the world again.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Had she done everything in her power to lighten Godfrey’s privation?
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • I know that it will involve many privations and inconveniences.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Here, success was not an honor, nor privation a dishonor; the Lord assiduously threw up tests and kept score based solely on faith.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Hitherto each individual desire, aroused by suffering or privation, such as hunger, fatigue, thirst, had been satisfied by some bodily function giving pleasure.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • All other privations my men can endure except lack of water and lack of salt.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • If rank and money come with love and virtue, also, I should accept them gratefully, and enjoy your good fortune, but I know, by experience, how much genuine happiness can be had in a plain little house, where the daily bread is earned, and some privations give sweetness to the few pleasures.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The plea was that of a gaunt-faced man of about thirty, who looked the picture of privation and wretchedness.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Seated by the window, busily engaged in patching an old waistcoat which formed a portion of the robber’s ordinary dress, was a female: so pale and reduced with watching and privation, that there would have been considerable difficulty in recognising her as the same Nancy who has already figured in this tale, but for the voice in which she replied to Mr. Sikes’s question.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Those privations were familiar to Lorenzo Daza, who had trafficked through the region for half his life and almost always met up with old friends at dawn.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • You have difficulties, and privations, and dangers enough to struggle with.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • That money was from a chest of gold coins that her father had put together ova an entire life of privation and that she had buried underneath her bed in hopes of a proper occasion to make use of it.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Guster has some recompenses for her many privations.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • ESTRAGON: Dreadful privation.
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • I fought out my long probation in the continental wars, tasting sumptuously of hard knocks, privation, and adventure; but in my last battle I was taken captive, and during the seven years that have waxed and waned since then, a foreign dungeon hath harboured me.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • People who seem to enjoy their ill temper have a way of keeping it in fine condition by inflicting privations on themselves.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • I drilled him as representing in turn all sorts of people out of luck and suffering dire privations and misfortunes.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • His father returned a negative, and then for the first time it occurred to Angel that her pride had stood in her way, and that she had suffered privation.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • I would not now have exchanged Lowood with all its privations for Gateshead and its daily luxuries.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I understood their impulses, the long years’ privation and hurt out of which they had come to Communism.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Vice ran freely in and out certain of the doors in the neighbourhood; recklessness dwelt under the roof with the crooked chimney; shame in some bow-windows; theft (in times of privation) in the thatched and mud-walled houses by the sallows.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She recalled all her instincts of luxury, all the privations of her soul, the sordidness of marriage, of the household, her dream sinking into the mire like wounded swallows; all that she had longed for, all that she had denied herself, all that she might have had!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The longboat, with seven of the crew, was picked up eighteen days after by H. M. gunboat "Myrtle," and the story of their terrible privations has become quite as well known as the far more horrible "Medusa" case.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
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