What mystery in its longevity, in its self-subsistence, in its self-renovation!
The only existence of such a reality can be its own self-subsistence.
Faith clings to the self-subsistence of God; love does away with it.
How to make the cares of self-subsistence agree with these exacting labors seems to me an insoluble problem in Paris.
early 15c., "existence, independence," from Late Latin subsistentia "substance, reality," from Latin subsistens, present participle of subsistere "stand still or firm," from sub "under, up to" (see sub-) + sistere "to assume a standing position," from stare "to stand" (see assist). Properly a loan-translation of Greek hypostasis "subsistence," literally "anything placed under." Meaning "provision of support for animal life" is from 1640s.