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the breath of life

That which one needs or depends upon for a healthy or fulfilled life. We cannot turn our backs on the scores of people being denied their freedom, for freedom is the breath of life—to deny someone freedom is to deny them life. Unfettered creativity and imagination is the breath of life to an artist of any medium.
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the breath of life

a thing that someone needs or depends on.
Breath of life is a biblical phrase: ‘And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life’ (Genesis 2:7).
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"The breath of life has come into him and puffed him out," I answered.
There was no breath of life in it, and yet it sold, at two cents a word, twenty dollars a thousand - the newspaper clipping had said so.
No nobler creature ever breathed the breath of life. Tell the stranger who sent her his portrait that her last moments were joyful moments, through his remembrance of her as expressed by his gift.
In this atmosphere of telephones and lightning communication with distant regions, I was breathing the breath of life again after long suffo- cation.
That a greater fool than Jane Eyre had never breathed the breath of life; that a more fantastic idiot had never surfeited herself on sweet lies, and swallowed poison as if it were nectar.
'But if ever John Harmon drew the breath of life on earth, that is certainly John Harmon's arm round your waist now, my pretty.
That's why hundreds of family members who have lost infants to SUID (Sudden Unexplained Infant Death), SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), miscarriage, or stillbirth deaths will come together to walk in Cribs for Kids[R] Eleventh Annual Breath of Life Stroll on Sunday, September 22, 2019, from 10 a.m.
Yul-Ifode stated this, on Wednesday, while delivering an inaugural lecture on the topic: 'The Child Beyond the Breath of Life: Our Corporate Concern,' at NOUN's headquarters in Abuja.
Cherionna Menzam-Sills; THE BREATH OF LIFE; North Atlantic Books (Nonfiction: Health & Fitness) 23.95 ISBN: 9781623172053
On the occasion, Mehboob Magsi affirmed that I am so glade today and my services towards humanity will carry on till last breath of life.
And the secret of her energy "the breath of life...
Archival language resources are vital to the linguistics archival model known as the Breath of Life, used to re-awaken Myaamia and other dormant Native American languages.
His efforts were in aid of the the Frank Picken Breath of Life Fund, which was set up in memory of his friend Frank, who died in July 2012, and raises money for the British Lung Foundation.
A Breath of Life is one of five newly translated novels by Clarice Lispector released in the last year, marking the first appearance in English of this almost purely metafictional novel, Clarice's last and certainly most enigmatic work.
The money will go to the Kath Jukes Breath of Life Fund, named in memory of Michael's mum, who died aged 62 last August.