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  • They signed a cease-fire agreement.
  • They agreed to a temporary cease-fire so non-combatants could leave the area.
  • They sent a cease and desist letter to stop the noise.
  • But the engine-driver took the little engine and looked at it — and the fireman ceased for an instant to shovel coal, and looked, too.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children

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  • Things become quieter, but the cries do not cease.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Chains cease to be needed after the spirit has gone out of a prisoner.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • For one, I will never cease the search till she be found.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Her face turns ashen and she seems to have ceased breathing.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Doyle let the firing continue for a long time before calling out for us to cease fire.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • ...the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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  • Countless other words such as honour, justice, morality, internationalism, democracy, science, and religion had simply ceased to exist.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I ceased my labors and sat down upon the bones.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • I’d ceased feeling sleepy, but I was very tired and my legs were aching badly.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • His power ceases, as does that of all evil things, at the coming of the day.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I answered that it had ceased to be a private matter, but had become a public one,
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • in a little while every sound ceased but his own voice;
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • This time the wind did not cease with the return of the snow.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • As they grew hungry the rights of property ceased to be regarded.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The captain, who had so long been a cause of so much discomfort, was gone where the wicked cease from troubling.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • The Kapos beat us once more, but I had ceased to feel any pain from their blows.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Men gasped and began to breathe again, unaware that for a moment they had ceased to breathe.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • White Fang had quieted down and ceased snarling.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Some time toward dawn the rain ceases.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Before I lost my sight and hearing, I was fast learning to talk, but after my illness it was found that I had ceased to speak because I could not hear.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • It seems that the worries and wants of a young boy never cease.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • But Nancy sat quite still, only that her eyes dropped and ceased to meet his.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • It made a hollow bubbling sound that ceased after a moment.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • The shells, which had ceased to trouble the regiment for a time, came swirling again, and exploded in the grass or among the leaves of the trees.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • They ... ceased to talk, then died.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • This, it seems to me, is unwise and unreasonable, and should cease.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • The sting that followed upon the striking of his fingers against his leg ceased so quickly that he was startled,
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • At last they ceased to trouble his thoughts almost wholly.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Hunting tigers ceased to interest me some years ago.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • The sound of music from the distant church has long since ceased.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • And then the music ceased,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • The draft that had for a moment stirred the boys’ trouser cuffs and blown the man’s hair, ceased.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • His soul, stifling and helpless, would cease to be.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Then at the age of eleven or twelve they would cease being children.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • But his mother had ceased to listen.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • They had ceased to talk;
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • This smile rested upon myself, who had never ceased to follow her with my eyes.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The sobs became more and more infrequent, and at last ceased.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Gabriel ceased his rustling.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • She began to wish he would die; yet she did not want him to die because then his salary would cease.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • The house in which we live has long ceased to be our house; I shall go away.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • The north wind had ceased—as was usual with the setting of the sun, and a light air arose from the south.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • He had ceased to wonder if the action was wise,
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • ...before the conflict itself should cease.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • The reason he had never heard of Texas was that Texas and her affairs had been painfully cut out of his newspapers since Austin began his settlements; so that ... this virgin province, in which his brother had travelled so far, and, I believe, had died, had ceased to be to him.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • And the Group had ceased to defend him.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
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