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  • Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
  • During the Second World War, most commodities were rationed, so more resources could be devoted to the war effort.
  • Most rationing is done through price, but that doesn’t work very well in emergency health care.
  • Military rations are nutritionally balanced.

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  • Bread was rationed during the siege of the city.
  • ...don’t give your ration of bread and soup to your old father. There’s nothing you can do for him. And you’re killing yourself.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Once again all rations were reduced, except those of the pigs and the dogs.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Because rations were halved for sick men who were unable to work, the ill couldn’t recover.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Henry Dobbins, who was a big man, carried extra rations; he was especially fond of canned peaches in heavy syrup over pound cake.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Peewee looked out over the trucks, which were mostly packed with crates of rations and supplies.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels

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  • I can’t pay y’all till the end of the year, but you can draw rations and clothing from the store.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Randy had carefully rationed salt since he was shocked, in July, to discover how few pounds were left.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The real trouble is water. ... On short rations, half a pint a day each, we’ve got enough for twelve days.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • ...there is a double ration of sausage and bread.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • It is a saying of the country that an Outside dog starves to death on the ration of the husky
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • ...took a look at his ration, weighing it in his hand and hastily calculating whether it reached the regulation sixteen ounces.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Even when rationing started later in the year, she was known to sell certain hard-to-get items under the counter and donate the money to the Nazi Party.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working-hours or shorter rations.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Men were given a ration of four beers a week, but everyone scoured the landscape for alternatives.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • In return for your four confinements and all your labour in the fields, what have you ever had except your bare rations and a stall?
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Napoleon then led them back to the store-shed and served out a double ration of corn to everybody, with two biscuits for each dog.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • From his pocket, Papa took what was left of his tobacco ration and began rolling a cigarette, at which Liesel became impatient.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • "I don’t care about the stew, but I can only issue rations for eighty men," persisted Ginger.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • What’s more important still is the issue of a double ration of smokes.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Rationing had begun a few days earlier—the writing on the wall—and now it was official.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Serve out all the rations.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • When it comes to me, you’d rather smoke a whole ration, wouldn’t you?
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Nobody stole, nobody grumbled over his rations, the quarrelling and biting and jealousy which had been normal features of life in the old days had almost disappeared.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • He found several thick chocolate bars—probably Hershey’s military-issue Ration D bars—divided into segments and packaged in wax-dipped containers to resist gas attack.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • That’s a bad business!—Then we’ll have to pull in our belts and wait till the rations come up in the morning.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Mama only handed him one of her trademark looks of disgust, followed by the most common ration of her vocabulary. Saukerl.
    [Saukerl is an insult that compares a man to a pig.]
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • With the tobacco ration at 100 grammes a week it was seldom possible to fill a pipe to the top.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The new ration did not start till tomorrow and he had only four cigarettes left.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grammes a week.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grammes a week.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Disappointed we lie down and consider whether we couldn’t have a go at the iron rations.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • On top of the rationing situation, his father’s business wasn’t doing so well of late (the threat of Jewish competition was taken away, but so were the Jewish customers).
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • It was fairly quiet on our sector, so the quartermaster who remained in the rear had requisitioned the usual quantity of rations and provided for the full company of one hundred and fifty men.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a ’categorical pledge’ were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • When he’s not sitting in his little cell, he’s reorganizing the food in the basement into rations.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • "Ration the water," Alec warned, capping his plastic bottle.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • They had enough food—scavenged from the ruins, hunted in the woods, brought up from Asheville sometimes—but rationing was the name of the game, and everyone looked like they were one meal a day short.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Ate up the rest of my rations by the end of day one in the SUV.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • When he became army chief the first thing General Kayani did was improve housing, food rations and education for ordinary soldiers instead of officers.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • "Sustenance, comestibles, rations!" the dog replied.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I never understood why laundry soap was the one free thing provided to us (other than our toilet paper rations, which were passed out once a week, and the sanitary napkins and tampons stocked in the bathroom).
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In country as open and as vast as this one was, the prospects of getting within visual range of a wolf except by the luckiest of accidents ( and I had already had more than my ration of these) were negligible.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • He refused to teach me any sygaldry at all, and on top of everything else, he began to ration what little sympathy he thought safe for me.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
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