cease to be

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References in classic literature ?
Of course, I should then cease to be a burden to you, and the post appears to be a comfortable one.
If we cease to believe our rights came from God, we cease to be America.
To a world in which peace seems to be slipping, to a nation in which unemployment is on the rise, to congregations who know in their hearts that, if they keep on being who they are, they will someday cease to be, to pastors who are just plain tired, to people sick and shunned, oppressed and afraid, Christ comes