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  • Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day.
  • Mr. Grote has returned from the woods empty-handed for the past three days, and we’re subsisting on eggs and potatoes.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • My background did not expose me to white people who subsisted on $4000 a year, who did not have a set of china for special meals, who did not select a pattern of silver, and who had not graduated from high school.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • So, checking the dwindling resources of my wallet (ironically, I was still subsisting on Nathan’s gift), I decamped from the hotel in a vague sweat of anti-Semitism, trudged the many blocks in jungle heat to the bus station, where I bought a ticket for the long ride to Franklin, Virginia.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • The idea of any of them dying made him feel empty—like he was back in the giants’ bronze jar, alone in the dark, subsisting only on sour pomegranate seeds.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Until the snafu was straightened out, he had to subsist on candy bars from Red Cross nurses.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It was not enough for us to subsist upon.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • She has been dead a year, and you know, Fernand, I have subsisted almost entirely on public charity.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He would end his remarks, he said, by emphasising once again the friendly feelings that subsisted, and ought to subsist, between Animal Farm and its neighbours.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • After five months of barely subsisting in the mountains, the family gave up and moved to stay with relatives who had moved to Khartoum, where at least they had food.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United

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  • Harmony was the soul of our companionship, and the diversity and contrast that subsisted in our characters drew us nearer together.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • One summer the family lived on an Indian reservation in a teepee, subsisting on governmentsurplus peanut butter and cornmeal.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Perry, on the other hand, was without appetite; he subsisted on root beer, aspirin, and cigarettes.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • On these fifteen hundred francs these two old women and the old man subsisted.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I give this catalogue so precisely because, as it happened, we were destined to subsist upon this store for the next fortnight.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Between Elizabeth and Charlotte there was a restraint which kept them mutually silent on the subject; and Elizabeth felt persuaded that no real confidence could ever subsist between them again.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • If not, he reasoned, the custom would certainly have died, for no craving for wealth or immortality could be so great, he felt, as to subsist on the sorrow of children.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • For that entire period he subsisted on nothing but five pounds of rice and what marine life he could pull from the sea, an experience that would later convince him he could survive on similarly meager rations in the Alaska bush.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Little, if any, community of feeling subsisted between them and Estella, but the understanding was established that they were necessary to her, and that she was necessary to them.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Had he not struck a bargain with the doctor, he and his mutineers, deserted by the ship, must have been driven to subsist on clear water and the proceeds of their hunting.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • With the whole world starving and all those People’s States barely subsisting on handouts from this country-where do you see any danger of war?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • This was far from being a place of doubtful character; for it had long been known as the residence of none but low ruffians, who, under various pretences of living by their labour, subsisted chiefly on plunder and crime.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He had just been deprived of a small employment, on which he subsisted; and he was persecuted by the preachers of Surinam, who took him for a Socinian.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Have you considered what it is to undermine the confidence that should subsist between my daughter and myself?
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I had fifteen pistoles; so he borrowed occasionally of me to subsist, while he was looking out for business.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The sense of security more frequently springs from habit than from conviction, and for this reason it often subsists after such a change in the conditions as might have been expected to suggest alarm.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • They would have considered it money well spent to rid the community of an eyesore, but he was well satisfied to remain and to subsist miserably on the proceeds of a bale of cotton a year and the charity of his neighbors.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She descended into the kitchen and gave the cook exact instructions as to the preparations of a certain porridge upon which the Marquesa principally subsisted.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Robert started to reassure her, asserting that he had known a lady who had subsisted upon nougat during the entire—but seeing the color mount into Mrs. Pontellier’s face he checked himself and changed the subject.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • He grew up to believe that this was the result of the food which she had had to subsist on during the last year of the Civil War.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Planted deep, in the town’s earliest infancy and childhood, by these two earnest and energetic men, the race has ever since subsisted here; always, too, in respectability; never, so far as I have known, disgraced by a single unworthy member; but seldom or never, on the other hand, after the first two generations, performing any memorable deed, or so much as putting forward a claim to public notice.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve; Since Reason not impossibly may meet Some specious object by the foe suborned, And fall into deception unaware, Not keeping strictest watch, as she was warned.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • From that moment, its inhabitants would have to subsist on whatever was already within its boundaries, plus what they might scrounge from the countryside.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Now, though I had enough to subsist me a long time, yet despairing of a sudden deliverance, or that both ammunition and provision might be spent before such a thing happened, I coveted as much as I could; and so long as the ship remained in that condition, I daily brought away one necessary or other; particularly the rigging, sails, and cordage, some twine, a barrel of wet powder, some sugar, a barrel of meal, 3 calks of rum, &, what indeed was most welcome to me, a whole hogshead of…
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • She began to subsist on a diet of raita and Triscuits.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • I should be very sorry that such a friendship as has subsisted between him and Captain Benwick should be destroyed, or even wounded, by a circumstance of this sort.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • He had no trade or calling of any dignity or stability whatever on which he could subsist while carrying out an intellectual labour which might spread over many years.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • …famous fishery, each mate or headsman, like a Gothic Knight of old, is always accompanied by his boat-steerer or harpooneer, who in certain conjunctures provides him with a fresh lance, when the former one has been badly twisted, or elbowed in the assault; and moreover, as there generally subsists between the two, a close intimacy and friendliness; it is therefore but meet, that in this place we set down who the Pequod’s harpooneers were, and to what headsman each of them belonged.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • A friend of the family, Ann Basophy, who was born in the same small farm village, recalled that Vasil and Martha Strenk subsisted in a one-room house with a dirt floor, along with Vasil’s parents and grandparents.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Time after time men fled from the land and came back to it, but Wang Lung set himself now to build his fortunes so securely that through the bad years to come he need never leave his land again but live on the fruits of the good years, and so subsist until another year came forth.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • Just the whisper of an unwillingness to subsist on scraps offered by others.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • He who had had to subsist on mere fugitive glances, looks winged in flight and swiftly lost under covert, now found her eyes settling on him with a brooding intensity that fairly dazzled him.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • An extern school grew round the old almost monastic foundation, which subsists still with its middle-age costume and usages—and all Cistercians pray that it may long flourish.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The afflicted damsel had, in fact, waited twenty years for death in this premature tomb, praying night and day for the soul of her father, sleeping in ashes, without even a stone for a pillow, clothed in a black sack, and subsisting on the bread and water which the compassion of the passers-by led them to deposit on the ledge of her window, thus receiving charity after having bestowed it.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • …remarked the cessation of Lothario’s visits, and complained of it to him, saying that if he had known that marriage was to keep him from enjoying his society as he used, he would have never married; and that, if by the thorough harmony that subsisted between them while he was a bachelor they had earned such a sweet name as that of "The Two Friends," he should not allow a title so rare and so delightful to be lost through a needless anxiety to act circumspectly; and so he entreated him,…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Pollard spent his days aboard Acey’s animals and his nights in a stall, sandwiched between two horses, subsisting on his books and irregular meals from the track kitchen.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • They did this because, subsisting on their pay and without territory, they were unable to support many soldiers, and a few infantry did not give them any authority; so they were led to employ cavalry, with a moderate force of which they were maintained and honoured; and affairs were brought to such a pass that, in an army of twenty thousand soldiers, there were not to be found two thousand foot soldiers.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • That though the pleasures arising from such pure love may be heightened and sweetened by the assistance of amorous desires, yet the former can subsist alone, nor are they destroyed by the intervention of the latter.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • There is a great number of noblemen among you that are themselves as idle as drones, that subsist on other men’s labour, on the labour of their tenants, whom, to raise their revenues, they pare to the quick.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • For without those Essentiall Rights, (as I have often before said,) the Common-wealth cannot at all subsist.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
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