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sustenance


The soup kitchen was her only sustenance.
  that which nourishes the body

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that which sustains life or spirit
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  • The soup kitchen was her only sustenance.
  • As they grew more affluent, gardeners planted more for beauty than for sustenance.
  • he was prospering, he was furnishing shelter and sustenance to his family, he was adding his mite to the wealth of the nation.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • She drew spiritual sustenance from their conversations.

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  • His insides ached more strongly for sustenance with every step he took.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • When my dad heard, he told me that the point of hunting was to take some sustenance from the animal, whether we eat it or skin it or something, otherwise it was a waste of a life.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • "Sustenance, comestibles, rations!" the dog replied.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Then Kaila, who is the God of the Sky, told the woman the caribou was the greatest gift of all, for the caribou would be the sustenance of man.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Or perhaps more to the point, what ought we see, for best sustenance and contentment and sense of purpose to our days?
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • In two swallows I ate the soft white roll, more air than sustenance.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted

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  • Sustenance," he said, pushing aside a stack of newspapers to clear off the desk.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • All were armed and mounted, and there were a number of pack animals, bearing what I assumed were supplies for the sustenance of the party.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • That means ’Servant of the Opener of the Gates of Sustenance.’
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • This was the doorway to both sustenance and sanity.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Candor does not provide us with protection, sustenance, or technological innovation.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Louie was more concerned about sanity than he was about sustenance.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • I thought of sustenance for the first time.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I do not know what life will be like, separated from a faction—it feels disengaged, like a leaf divided from the tree that gives it sustenance.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • It didn’t seem to stack up to enough sustenance for the two dozen families in our village.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Already has he afforded thee sustenance, and put it in thy power to provide for thyself till he sends thee a deliverance.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • But since we were so far out of the line of fire, the chief sustenance for any sense of the war was mental.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I hold one of her twitching hands, unclear whether it moves from the poison that affected our nerves, the shock of the attack, or withdrawal from the drug that was her sustenance.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • How would I spend the hours I now commit to combing the woods for sustenance if it were so easy to come by?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • I figured the chowder would be good for sustenance on my journey, all that milk and stuff.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • On Earth, they would be the breadwinners, the ones who leave the home and bring back sustenance.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Suddenly, However all those days with little or no sustenance hit me in one awful instant.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • For a long time, now, the circus-running sun has raced within his fiery ring, and needs no sustenance but what’s in himself.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The next morning he asked for a glass of milk, the first sustenance he had volunteered to accept in fourteen weeks.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Without their sustenance, we could not live in the Beors.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Love was sustenance, broken down and beating through your bloodstream.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Harry ventured out under the Invisibility Cloak to find sustenance.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The bigger problem is that it won’t allow her to get the sustenance she needs.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Instead of living in concert with the land, instead of relying on the country for sustenance as the natives did, he attempted to insulate himself from the northern environment with ill-suited military tools and traditions.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He had an aversion to yielding so completely to his feelings, choosing rather to absent himself; and eating once in twenty-four hours seemed sufficient sustenance for him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Give sustenance, Allah.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Also now I have gained on him in the question of sustenance It was dark now as it becomes dark quickly after the sun sets in September.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • Without any aid from the science of cookery, he was immediately employed, in common with his fellows, in gorging himself with this digestible sustenance.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • They re actually dead their hearts do not beat, they have no need to eat, so the blood provides no sustenance for them.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Beaufort had saved but a very small sum of money from the wreck of his fortunes, but it was sufficient to provide him with sustenance for some months, and in the meantime he hoped to procure some respectable employment in a merchant’s house.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • To say the truth, there was much need of professional assistance, not merely for Hester herself, but still more urgently for the child—who, drawing its sustenance from the maternal bosom, seemed to have drank in with it all the turmoil, the anguish and despair, which pervaded the mother’s system.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It is evil to earn more than one’s bare sustenance?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But availing himself of the doctor’s order, the old man would not take any sustenance; at length (after nine days of despair and fasting), the old man died, cursing those who had caused his misery, and saying to Mercedes, ’If you ever see my Edmond again, tell him I die blessing him.’
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Whitney reminded Papa of Fujiyama, that is, it gave him the same kind of spiritual sustenance.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • The whole of our flourishing municipal life derives its sustenance from a lie!
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Parents provide love and affection in the early years of childhood; deprived of early emotional sustenance, children will be irreparably harmed.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Nearly every religion has some liturgical or social ritual involving the coming together of the faithful to share sustenance.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • They had no roots and didn’t care which solid objects secured them, sand, shells, husks, or pebbles; they didn’t ask their hosts for sustenance, just a point of purchase.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • This was the last mess she had to serve, but as soon as she was done feeding them, she had to get ready for the next ones, since the revolutionaries who had received their sacred sustenance at the first breakfast mess were coming back to eat, and so on and so on, until ten at night, when she was done serving the last supper.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • My appetite vanished and my digestive system, which required abundant oxygen to metabolize food, failed to make use of much of what I forced myself to eat; instead my body began consuming itself for sustenance.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • I should like to take some sustenance.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
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