What is social occasion?

Famous quotes containing the words occasion and/or social:

    His eye begets occasion for his wit,
    For every object that the one doth catch
    The other turns to a mirth-moving jest.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    This is no argument against teaching manners to the young. On the contrary, it is a fine old tradition that ought to be resurrected from its current mothballs and put to work...In fact, children are much more comfortable when they know the guide rules for handling the social amenities. It’s no more fun for a child to be introduced to a strange adult and have no idea what to say or do than it is for a grownup to go to a formal dinner and have no idea what fork to use.
    Leontine Young (20th century)