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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj life-sustaining performing an essential function in the living body "vital organs","blood and other vital fluids","the loss of vital heat in shock","a vital spot","life-giving love and praise"
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  • Reinhold Niebuhr
    “Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.”
  • Milovan Djilas
    Milovan Djilas
    “Normal life cannot sustain revolutionary attitudes for long.”


In literature:

Nothing will sustain life if the vitamins are absent from the diet.
"The Goat-gland Transplantation" by Sydney B. Flower
Ah, were not mine a bankrupt life, this treasure should my soul sustain!
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
Food does not give life, though it sustains and expands it.
"Journal of a Residence at Bagdad" by Anthony Groves
Women were intended to guide and sustain life, to care for the race; not feed on it.
"In Times Like These" by Nellie L. McClung
Neither toil nor anguish was to be compared to the dread loss of a life sustained by that departed soul.
"The Doctor's Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
At first it scarcely procured me the means of sustaining life; but how savoury was hunger when I fasted in peace!
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
So named because it will not sustain life.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Our hearts have neither power to conceive nor life to sustain an universal affection.
"The Message and the Man:" by J. Dodd Jackson
We sustain, moreover, severe losses in male life from accidents.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
The life of the vegetable kingdom has arisen out of the life of the mineral kingdom and is sustained by it.
"Communism and Christianism" by William Montgomery Brown
But very soon artistic breathing to sustain song becomes as much a habit as is breathing to sustain life.
"The Voice" by Frank E. Miller
She agreed to go when she had made "her mother" swallow something to sustain life.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Thistles were abundant, and I had fed upon them long enough to realize that they would, for a while at least, sustain life.
"Thirty-Seven Days of Peril" by Truman Everts
My work alone sustains me in life.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
He asserts that he is sustained by the hope of the future life.
"Bible Studies in the Life of Paul" by Henry T. Sell
This does not always happen so in real life, but it shows the possibilities of sustained attention.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
Eventually it is no longer capable of sustaining life and it dies.
"Fair and Warmer" by E. G. von Wald
From this time forth Ivo's life was sustained by industry, cheerfulness, and friendship.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
She must be free of this chain, or she will not sustain the burden of country life in the time to come.
"The American Country Girl" by Martha Foote Crow
Those required to sustain life and preserve decency, besides other things to maintain her in her social condition.
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles

In poetry:

Had not the Lord, my rock, my help,
Sustained my fainting head,
My life had now in silence dwelt,
My soul amongst the dead.
"Psalm 94 part 2" by Isaac Watts
That is not wholly good and gain
Which seals the mind and sears the heart,
The life-long labour to sustain
Man's perishable part.
"Not Bread Alone" by John Critchley Prince
These are the sorrowsthese the cares,
Which feeble life sustains;
But when we pass the gulph of death,
We rest from all our pains.
"To Disappointment" by Elizabeth Bath
To Him who ever lives and reigns,
Whom all the hosts of heaven adore,
Who lent the life His breath sustains,
Be glory now and evermore!
"Hymn For The Two Hundredth Anniversary Of King’s Chapel" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I therefore humbly make it my request
That thou in mercy wou'dst my life sustain,
Where-e'er I go, and with thy favour blest,
Bring me in joy and safety back again.
"The Traveller's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
And death is pitying come, whose hand shall tear
From this afflicted heart the sense of pain;
My fainting limbs refuse their load to bear,
And life no longer will my form sustain.
"Euphelia" by Helen Maria Williams

In news:

Annapolis on Sunday night, sustaining life-threatening injuries, according to fire and police officials.
Sleep is a required need to sustain life, and quality sleep is critical to vital and abundant health.
In honor of our Gold Issue, Creative Director Joe Zee embraces downsizing (sustainably) and doles out advice on unloading life's little nonnecessities.
Gearing your life toward sustainability.
Times File Photo Michael Kenwood, the volunteer rescue worker who lost his life from injuries he sustained in the rushing flood waters of Tropical Storm Irene.
A Professor Travels a Rocky Road to Find a Sustainable Life.
HOMEGROWN Life: A Word on Efficiency (and Productivity and Sustainability).
Pedestrian Struck On Innis Road Sustains Life-Threatening Injuries.
Before the gospels were composed, Jesus' first followers sustained his memory by sharing stories of his life, death and teachings.
How do we collectively figure out ways to live that don't require that we destroy the planet 's capacity to sustain life.
Remembering Desmond Watson, whose wife fought for three years to sustain his life.
Princeton Researchers Construct Wholly Artificial Proteins That Can Sustain Cell Life.
Cheryl Ferguson and Niagara Hospice Medical Social Worker will explain health care proxies, living wills, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders and medical orders for life sustaining treatment (MOLST).
The Long Island Index has partnered with Sustainable Long Island to include supermarkets on its interactive map which details demographics, land use and several other facets of life on Long Island.
Bring out and sustain the joy in your life.

In science:

An important part of the cell is its metabolism which provides the cell with substances necessary for sustaining life.
The Blind Watchmaker Network: Scale-freeness and Evolution
Once again, because of the influence of SE, science has not developed institutional means for open, sustained, imaginative and critical discussion of the humanitarian aim of science to help enhance the quality of human life (by intellectual, technological and educational means).
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
A recent evaluation of the ‘VI programs’ of the research councils Geosciences and Life Sciences (Aard- en Levenswetenschappen,), Chemical Sciences & Advanced Chemical Technologies for Sustainability), and Physical Sciences (Exacte Wetenschappen) shows similar results (Van Leeuwen 2007).
Past Performance as Predictor of Successful Grant Applications: A Case Study
The ability for a complex life form to sustain its pattern in an evolving history depends on its ability to replenish lost components (environmental wear and tear, otherwise deformation of pattern because of interaction with levels of intolerance).
Organization and Complexity in a Nested Hierarchical Spin-Glass like Social Space
Biological information is chemically encoded in the sequence of the species of the monomeric subunits of a class of linear polymers that play crucial roles in sustaining and propagating “life”.
Template-directed biopolymerization: tape-copying Turing machines
The initial mass of a star and its mass-loss history determines how the star ends its life. The AGB stars end up as white dwarfs because mass-loss does not leave enough mass (<1.4 M?) to sustain nuclear reactions in the C-O-rich core left from He-core burning.
Presolar grains from meteorites: Remnants from the early times of the solar system