This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist.
— Horace

This mesa plain had an appearance of great antiquity, and of incompleteness; as if, with all the materials for world-making assembled, the Creator had desisted, gone away and left everything on the point of being brought together, on the eve of being arranged into mountain, plain, plateau. The country was still waiting to be made into a landscape.
Willa Cather desist quote

You can just never desist. You have to always push back, whatever the pressures put on you.
— Michael Arad

Often, city fathers blamed prostitutes for the disease, and some threatened to brand their cheeks with hot iron if they did not desist from their vices.
— Peter Lewis Allen

It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.
— desist quotation by Dalai Lama