Phrases with "occasion"

W. W. Jacobs He had often before had occasion to comment ruefully upon the pace of the quarry, and especially at such times when he felt that he had strung his courage almost up to speaking point. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

These battalions were protected by squadrons of horse on the wings and in the rear, while reserves both of horse and arquebusiers were stationed to act as occasion might require. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Gaston Leroux Your health, my friend!” “Your health, general!” “You understand,” continued Feodor Feodorovitch, “there is no occasion to excite ourselves. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Anthony Trollope The letter which she wrote to her sister on the present occasion was as follows;— Trafford Park, Saturday, October 25th. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Upon the first of these dark pretensions we shall have occasion to speak at another point. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

Mrs. Gaskell It was no longer from, “My dearest John;” it was from “My Honoured Husband.” The letters were written on occasion of the publication of the same sermon which was represented in the picture. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Arnold Bennett The occasion was great, and it might also be terrible. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell We agreed that when she wanted bustle, or when I wanted quiet, we were to let each other know, and exchange visits as occasion required. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anthony Trollope It can rarely happen that one such occasion can be the first starting-point of so many friendships. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Eliot Wherefore, my Tito, I think it not well that we should let slip the occasion that lies under our hands. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

He generally had a gentle way with him, but when occasion required it, he could be a very devil. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

In this, however, I had soon occasion to find that I was deceived. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Maria Edgeworth It was true that on this very occasion he gave Champfort the remainder of some mourning paper, which he made no scruple, therefore, of producing openly. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Jack London Also, on occasion of snow-squalls, we had all the snow we desired. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Edgar Allan Poe On the memorable occasion of which I speak I was habited in a crimson satin dress, with a sky-blue Arabian mantelet. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

John Locke Where they had no philosophical notions, there they had no terms to express them: and it is no wonder men should have framed no names for those things they found no occasion to discourse of. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Elizabeth Gaskell Then she put on her pattens, and went to fill her kettle at the pump in the next court, and on her way she borrowed a cup; of odd saucers she had plenty, serving as plates when occasion required. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Henry James It rosily coloured her vision that — even such as he was, yes — her husband could on occasion sin by excess of candour. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Daniel Defoe What has happened to his more sublimated government, and his angelic capacities, I shall have an occasion to touch at in several solid particulars as we go along. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

On no occasion have they left the ghost of a trail behind them. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Robert Louis Stevenson There can be very little doubt that the appearance of James Spink with his boat on this critical occasion was the means of preventing the loss of lives at the rock this morning. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim On the second occasion Rundermere, whose horses were not of the first class, and who was riding home alone, met him on his way back from the Hall, and rode moodily up to his side. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Anthony Trollope It was not the first occasion on which Mr Fothergill had given him advice — advice such as Mr Fothergill himself had no right to give him. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing To Mrs. Peak her husband’s death was not an occasion of unmingled mourning. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Charles Dickens You remember a certain famous occasion when I was more drunk than — than usual?” “I remember a certain famous occasion when you forced me to confess that you had been drinking. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

William Makepeace Thackeray The cavalry were on the right and left of the infantry, prepared to act in pontoon, in echelon, or in ricochet, as occasion might demand. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Robert Louis Stevenson True, since we had no longer the exactions of the Master to contend against, there was the less occasion to raise strictness into principle or do battle for a farthing. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell There was no occasion to detain her longer; she had done her part. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Henry James This attitude fitted admirably into the stand he had privately taken about her connexion with Chad on the last occasion of his seeing them together. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Theodore Dreiser Brander, feeling sorry that he was the occasion of so much confusion, said: “Don’t trouble yourself, Mrs. Gerhardt. I was passing and thought I’d come in. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

I fired my pistol, by my watch, at nine o’clock in the morning, but had no occasion to inquire when it was thought they would return, for every one was passing his opinion upon it. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Every victory of the trained soldiers over the burghers was regarded as an occasion for jubilee rejoicings and as one more proof that England was master of the world and mistress of the seas. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

This is the first occasion on which the name of this veteran appears in these American wars, where it was afterwards to acquire a melancholy notoriety. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

But that is not the full aboveness, it is only an abbreviated substitute that on occasion may lead my mind towards truer, i. The Meaning of Truth by William James

George Meredith It was, she considered, an occasion for braving the doctor’s interdict. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

This man went to inform his master; but he had no occasion to knock at the door: Fouquet was standing on the threshold. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Gertrude Stein It is more than one time when the occasion which shows an occasional sharp separation is unanimous. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

On the first occasion on which I meet you outside, I shall kick you. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Henry James She abstained on the present occasion from expressing disbelief, for she wished not to irritate her sister. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle In the bank a gloomy-looking cashier took the cheque and stared at it somewhat longer than the occasion seemed to demand. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Andrew Lang From the same cause the poet of sea-faring has more occasion to speak of the Phoenicians, great sea-farers, than the poet of the Trojan leaguer. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne His face was more clouded than usual, and his knitted brow gave signs of latent wrath which was waiting for an occasion to break forth. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Charles Dickens My friend has very pressing occasion to get across, and we want no advice and no help. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

On the third occasion that I saw Isabel she was, as I have said, climbing a tree — and a very creditable tree — for her own private satisfaction. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

There was a larger proportion of ladies present than I ever saw on any other occasion in an American theatre. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Sigmund Freud We learn of this condition of affairs by considering the occasion of the dream. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

And so it happened that this was the one occasion in her life on which Elizabeth hardly hesitated. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Jeremy Bentham These circumstances, all or many of them, will need to be attended to as often as upon any occasion any account is taken of any quantity of pain or pleasure, as resulting from any cause. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Arthur Conan Doyle F. “Windle has never refused us when we have had occasion to ask for the loan of a man or two, and it is not for us to refuse him. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Anthony Trollope She was not an imprudent woman, and would have dreaded the responsibility of trusting herself on such an occasion among the dangerous temptations of a jeweller’s shop. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon On an occasion when she, in distress over a crushed butterfly, had looked to him for sympathy, he had failed to conceive that her misery might have some hidden source. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

An occasion for such a parley presented itself, when his forces were one day confronted with those of the enemy, with a broken bridge interposed between them. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope Upon my soul, he’ll be a great fool to give the five hundred, because he’s no occasion to meddle with you in the matther at all, at all. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

I was desir’d to say that the Author who is of the Fair Sex, understood not Latine. But if she does not, I am afraid she has given us occasion to be asham’d who do. A Memoir of Mrs. Behn by Montague Summers

Therefore occasion calleth but the louder for thy purposed faring to the west. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

We accepted of his kindness, and he stayed to supper, an occasion I thought suitable for trying a bottle of the sparkling Algéra that Mr. James (of Sutton) had sent as a present. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Andrew Lang It is quite another thing to buy books as a speculator buys shares, meaning to sell again at a profit as soon as occasion offers. The Library by Andrew Lang

How many many times before he had trusted to similar coincidences he did not now regard! Every occasion was a new one, filled with hope and happy prospects. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Sir Richard Burton But she returned straightway home to him, and when she entered she said, “O my son, I would give thee certain tidings, yet hard to me will be the sorrow they shall occasion thee. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Arthur Morrison This brought the big boy after Dicky at once, with a hiding: except on some rare occasion when the hunchback rated his instrument of vengeance too high, and Dicky was able to beat him in truth. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

It was the occasion for a national holiday, but Carlier had a fit of rage over it and talked about the necessity of exterminating all the niggers before the country could be made habitable. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Anthony Trollope Katie soon found occasion to cast off her fear that her evening’s happiness would be destroyed by a dearth of partners. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Henry James This aspect of their life had an admirable innocence; and he looked on occasion at Maria Gostrey to see to what extent that element reached her. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Hence he was prone to unburden himself of accumulated political wisdom as occasion presented itself — sometimes, indeed, to assume an occasion that was hardly visible to the naked intelligence. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Wilkie Collins Am I wrong in believing that my good children have not forgotten this, and have only waited for the occasion to feel the pleasure of rewarding me?” It was beautifully put. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Andrew Lang They afterward came to mention some things to move him to contrition, and there hee tooke an occasion to aggravate the horrour of a Crime of attempting against the King’s person. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Gertrude Stein We have no occasion to admit phrases. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman What was there to occasion alarm in the fact of one young girl staying overnight with another? She could not eat much breakfast. The Wind in the Rose-bush by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman [1903]

Gertrude Stein I have forgotten what the occasion of one was but we thought Rönnebeck would do excellently for it. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Anthony Trollope On the day of the funeral a dozen relatives came, Pallisers and McCloskies, who on such an occasion were bound to show themselves, as members of the family. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Tobias Smolle I sat as member when he was examined in the house of commons, upon which occasion Mr P— observed he had never heard such a sensible evidence given at that bar. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

John Locke It suffices that men make and name so many complex ideas of these mixed modes as they find they have occasion to have names for, in the ordinary occurrence of their affairs. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

But what is ‘your body’ here but a percept in my field? It is only as animating that object, my object, that I have any occasion to think of you at all. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

On the third occasion he would surely die. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Henry Handel Richardson Maurice had had occasion to fetch something from his lodgings and was on his way back. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James It was not an occasion for that sort of murderous work, que diable! He would have picked out some quiet fleshy spot and just tapped it with a harmless ball. The American by Henry James [1877]

But the proprietor, with whom I had unhappily quarrelled, seized the occasion to be disagreeable, and called upon me to remove my property. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Charles Dickens I became imbued with the notion on that first occasion before we sat down to dinner, but I cannot define by what means. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Upon this Thrasybulus, the son of Ammonius, demanded what [Greek omitted] signified, and gave Ammonius occasion to run over most of the parts of dancing. Symposiacs by Plutarch

And Mr. Powell, being young, thought naively that the captain being married, there could be no occasion for anxiety as to his condition. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Jules Verne The wound bled profusely, but Glenarvan could use his fingers and forearm; and consequently there was no occasion for any uneasiness about the issue. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

The occasion which calls us together reminds us not a little of that other ceremony which unites a man and woman for life. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

F. Scott Fitzgerald And yet I couldn’t believe that they would choose this occasion for a scene — especially for the rather harrowing scene that Gatsby had outlined in the garden. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anatole France It must not be forgotten that this great thinker had not had occasion to meditate on the disgrace of having broken the head of a Farmer-general with a bottle out of his own cellar. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

On the second occasion he begged her nicely as a great favour to take care for him of a small solidly tied-up paper parcel for a day or two. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Maria Edgeworth Piqued by some little preference which Lady Cecilia had shown to Helen’s taste in the choice of the colour of a dress, an occasion offered of signalising her revenge, which could not be resisted. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

This was an occasion that tried the hearts of men; it was not easy to remain through all those years at once undazzled and untempted, and never in the blackest hour to despair of human virtue. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Rudyard Kipling On occasion he will fight without reason given till he is hacked in pieces; on other occasions he will refuse to show fight till he is driven into a corner. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Jane Austen So far from being all satisfied and all enjoying, she found everybody requiring something they had not, and giving occasion of discontent to the others. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Henry James The occasion was one of those he had long ago learnt to know and to name — short flickers of the faint flame, soft gusts of a kinder air. The Tree of Knowledge by Henry James [1900]

Jeremy Bentham You are in possession of a trust: the time, then, for your acting in it must, on any given occasion (neglecting, for simplicity’s sake, the then present instant), be either past, or yet to come. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Thomas Paine We have no occasion to roam for information into the obscure field of antiquity, nor hazard ourselves upon conjecture. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Bronislaw Malinowski A boy “when weaned, accompanies his father upon short excursions, upon which occasion the father takes every opportunity to instruct his son. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Gertrude Stein There is no occasion and the copy is not reversed to so little, there is nothing tiny. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

As I went I could not help contrasting my present appearance with that I had shown on the last occasion I had walked that way. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Wilkie Collins And, more than that, on the one occasion when he did lose his self-control, you saw how he recovered himself when he was calmly and kindly reasoned with. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Bram Stoker He felt, therefore, that the occasion was one for extra carefulness in the watching of all that went on. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The occasion was not long to seek. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Henry James There was nothing he loved so much as to print on the right occasion a thing he hated. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

Jack London I was feverish, and on occasion I drank sparingly of water from a stinking goatskin. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Her first sensation was an agony of grief; she accused herself of being the occasion of Sir Edward’s death, and from the unfortunate consequences of her actions, arraigned her motives for them. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

But, because the beginning of the whole worke seemeth abrupte, and as depending upon other antecedents, it needs that ye know the occasion of these three knights seuerall adventures. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Alfred Ainger Haydon had got up a little dinner, on occasion of Wordsworth being in town (December, 1817), and Lamb and Keats were of the party. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Antonia’s appearance at Leicester House was the occasion of a flight of newspaper paragraphs. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

It might be there had been no occasion for Mangan to have mentioned it. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Henry James How well he behaved on a very important occasion is precisely the subject of my story. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

Charles Dickens Extremely happy, I am sure, to have the honour of an introduction to two such gentlemen, although the occasion is a most painful one. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

William Makepeace Thackeray Of these we may have occasion to say a word or two anon. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Rudyard Kipling The cabman left me; but after awhile I picked up another man, who was full of figures, and into my ears he poured them as occasion required or the big blank factories suggested. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Wilkie Collins On the next occasion when I was invited to take a seat in a friend’s box, I accepted the proposal; and (far from willingly) I went the way of the world — in other words, I went to the opera. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Jane Austen There is no occasion to put them so very close together. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

The highest gentry of the neighbourhood, when bent on special merriment, did not think the occasion complete unless the wit and eloquence of Burns were called in to enliven their carousals. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Both of them found occasion on that first visit of mine to talk to me about my published writings and particularly about my then just published book THE NEW RULER, which had interested them very much. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Augustine Birrell And if any extraordinary occasion happen, or be but with any probable decency pretended, the whole Land at whatsoever season of the year does yield him a plentiful harvest. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

H. G. Wells But the neologisms of the street and the saloon rarely supply any occasion of this kind. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Sir Walter Scott In some situations an intimation is a command, and Morton considered that the present occasion was one of these. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Anthony Trollope The elder lady kept her countenance admirably, and the younger one had no occasion for blushing. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

For this reason there were a few ladies and gentlemen (Madame de Toutlemonde and Sir Sydney Marchant, for example) who both hated and feared Dr. Hastings, and lost no occasion of speaking against him. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

She seems to have given him no occasion for jealousy after marriage, though to the last she preserved her passion for society, and her ambition for social recognition and success. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was on the last occasion that I took the liberty of running over his papers — with the most unexpected results. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Matilda sat there the whole day, and silently administered medicines to the unconscious Verezzi, as occasion required. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Arthur Conan Doyle If you collate the remarks and speeches of the knights (as I have had occasion to do) you will find a remarkable uniformity running through them. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Jules Verne Gédéon Spilett, Pencroff et Harbert ne manquèrent pas cette occasion d’aller visiter leurs trappes. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

H. G. Wells The prison had a collection of technical works made for such an occasion and the latest book on radio was dated 1920. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Anthony Trollope There was not a bed on which any woman need have hesitated to lay herself if occasion required it. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Men are such fools — so awkward, so unready, with their wits ever behind the occasion by a dozen seconds or so! As soon as the words were uttered, he knew that they should not have been spoken. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The preparations went on, and it was quite understood that on this peculiar occasion Mrs. Carbuncle intended to treat her friends with profuse hospitality. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Only on such an occasion would I venture forth in the streets at night. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Rudyard Kipling And do you always stop trains in this way in the States, Mr. Sargent?’ ‘I should if occasion ever arose; but I’ve never had to yet. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Nor is this to be helped in a commonwealth for increase, seeing if Rome had cut off the occasion of her tumults, she must have cut off the means of her increase, and by consequence of her greatness. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Henry James You all, as I constantly have occasion to say, like us so!” Her companion frankly weighed it. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

H. G. Wells On the first occasion that offered he was determined to go out and see these roads. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Arnold Bennett At any rate, on the present occasion she was not late. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Sigmund Freud On some other occasion I will publish a collection of these symptomatic acts as they are to be observed in the healthy and in neurotics. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

It was an occasion that will be memorable in the political annals of America. Forwarded copies of the speeches to the Posey Maverick, to be spread upon the record of the ages. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Henry Lawson He said: “‘Look here, mate, why didn’t you come straight to me, and tell me how you was fixed, instead of sneaking round the trouble in that fashion? There’s no occasion for it. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Wilkie Collins On the first occasion when I found my father under the hands of the Medical Rubber, she took no notice of me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

The occasion presents itself, and her heart fails her. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells He thought it better to let people understand that on occasion a philosopher is fully equal to being a man of the world. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Elizabeth Gaskell She replied out in her usual tone: ‘I do not think that I have any occasion to consider your special religious opinions in the affair. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

The occasion was one personal to himself. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

H. G. Wells One could think they sought occasion against us to do some more evil thing . The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

James Payn But there is no occasion for you to follow such vocations any longer. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

He had arrayed himself in his best, with a white rose in his button-hole, for it behoved a man to be well dressed on such an occasion as voting. Politics and the Mayfly by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope He could not but own that he had been thrown on the present occasion — and upon the whole, he thought, that he had better give it up. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet there was special reason why upon this occasion the bowmen wished to keep the deed in their own hands. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

And on the first occasion of my sitting up in the evening, I asked Catherine to read to me, because my eyes were weak. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Baldwin Spencer On the next occasion the boys will be allowed to see them. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope Those, at any rate, which he exhibited on the present occasion were more economical. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It was very surprising that on such an occasion her mother should have kept herself away. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Stephen Lucius Gwynn He had perhaps the less occasion to be jealous, having in his singing a resource which made him unrivalled. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Jules Verne The occasion must be serious, and our first attempt must succeed; if it fails, we shall never find another, and Captain Nemo will never forgive us. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

It was no occasion for ceremony. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Ann Radcliffe This reply appeared to occasion dissatisfaction: the tribunal was silent, and seemed to hesitate; the vicar-general then addressed the witness. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Suddenly, remembering the occasion of that “fracas,” Schomberg groaned with the pain as of a hot coal under his breastbone, and gave himself up to desolation. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Thomas Hardy In the afternoon she had occasion to pay a few bills in the town and do a little shopping when she learnt that what was a new discovery to herself had become a common topic about the streets. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Jules Verne Les canards eurent là une belle occasion de pondre des oeufs de toute couleur. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

T. E. Lawrence Sheikh Mifleh thought the occasion warranted his adding another head-cord to the ragged collection looped round Essad’s headstone, and characteristically asked us to provide the offering. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle On the present occasion I rose in all the dignity of wrath, and was about to dump my brother on the head with the pillow by way of remonstrance, when a look of interest in his face stopped me. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry David Thoreau At length, in the beginning of May, with the help of some of my acquaintances, rather to improve so good an occasion for neighborliness than from any necessity, I set up the frame of my house. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

I thought the occasion justified one. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Olaf Stapledon The occasion of the first accident was an attempt to detach a star from its natural course and direct it upon an inter-galactic voyage. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

As we shall have occasion to see, he practised it more than once too often for his comfort. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Anthony Trollope No, indeed; how could any preacher have done that? But he improved the occasion by telling those around him that they should so live as to be ever ready for the hand of death. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Of this truth the bishop himself was one of the first who had occasion to be made sensible. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Jeremy Bentham From what has been said, it appears that there cannot be any other offences, on the part of a trustee, by which a beneficiary can receive on any particular occasion any assignable specific prejudice. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Charles Dickens He had no occasion to say after that that he had conceived an aversion for my patron, neither had I occasion to confess my own. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Walter Scott It will serve to bring thee off, man, when the wine-pot (thine only fault, good Gilbert) hath brought thee on occasion into something of a scrape. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

Anthony Trollope She had already given him occasion to declare himself off, and if thoroughly angered he would no doubt use it. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Sigmund Freud The fact that in the dream this wrinkle is replaced by a wound points to the second occasion for the dream. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

H. G. Wells I fancy that all through this period he kept telling himself that when the occasion came he would find himself equal to it. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Theodore Dreiser But he could carve and preside, and he could be used in either house as occasion warranted. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

William Dampier Of the plantains and coconuts I shall have occasion to speak when I come into the East Indies; and shall defer the giving an account of them till then. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

A day will come, and perhaps quickly, wherein you will have occasion to remember that axiom:—‘Gold is universal power; and they alone are kings who are all-powerful. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope He was therefore disposed to make himself very unpleasant to poor George if occasion should require. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

William Morris But I shall see to it that the occasion shall be in time and place where they shall not be unholpen. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Jules Verne Aware that old Isaac was an utter hypocrite, he had no compunction in turning a business transaction with him into an occasion for a bit of fun. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

William Godwin Wherever there is occasion for a bolder and more remorseless ghost, with her own hand she dismisses him from life; man at every period of existence furnishes her with materials. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Anthony Trollope I went there to look after you, fearing that there was occasion — fearing it, but hardly thinking it. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins We shall have occasion to return to Mrs. Eyrecourt and her doctor. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

The King’s story might or might not be true — he was a ripe liar on occasion — but it mattered little whether there was one unfrocked priest the less in the world. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Rudyard Kipling On the next occasion that his uncle shouted up the stairway urging him to make haste and live, a shriller voice cried, ‘Who goes round the world once easterly, gains one day. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Sir Walter Scott Through the Border counties the alarm spread with rapidity, and on no occasion when that country was the scene of perpetual and unceasing war, was the summons to arms more readily obeyed. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Elizabeth Gaskell THE Haworth gig was not always to be had; and Mr. Bronte was often unwilling to fall into any arrangement for meeting at Bradford or other places, which would occasion trouble to others. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Gissing Though violent of temper, she had never made her husband suffer from this characteristic; to be sure, Sir Quentin was from the first, submissive, and rarely gave her occasion for displeasure. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

He stayed in Four Corners till the ceremony was performed, but was such a gloomy guest that all united in saying that he did the occasion no credit. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Either one of these paths might be a functional substitute for another, and to follow one rather than another might on occasion be an advantageous thing to do. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Henry James And he gave Rowland to understand that he meant to live freely and largely, and be as interested as occasion demanded. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Edith Wharton On the same occasion — it was only a few months ago — she also told me that one of the twins was ill. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Washington Irving They, one and all, possessed the affectionate disposition common to humble relatives; were wonderfully attached to the baron, and took every possible occasion to come in swarms and enliven the castle. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope I think that this was the only occasion on which I have had two different novels in my mind at the same time. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope Some we have — those five, namely, telling the story of Verres — not intended to be spoken, but written for the occasion of the day rather than with a view to permanent literature. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

It is the only occasion where Gibbon has failed in his usual high finish and admirable literary form. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Anthony Trollope On no occasion had he wilfully put to death a Roman whose name was great enough to leave a mark behind. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

E. F. Benson She was more tongue-tied than she had been on the first occasion of their meeting, and there ensued the most ghastly party ever recorded in the melancholy history of social pleasure. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Henry James Mr. Bantling had stood by without claiming a recognition, but he now took occasion to nod to his lordship, who answered him with a friendly “Oh, you here, Bantling?” and a hand-shake. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Sir Richard Burton After this we shall seek occasion during the dark hours to rise up and fall upon him and slay him. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope She had on an occasion said a word or two to Guss upon the subject. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Arnold Bennett Unfortunately his sense of duty, which he had inherited from several centuries of ancestors, made havoc among his humane instincts on nearly every occasion of conflict. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Meredith He let his eyelids drop: but the occasion for showing the prickliness of the bristly social English, could not be resisted. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]