Such a programme for a treatise on government might lead us to expect in the Politics mainly a description of a Utopia or ideal state which might inspire poets or philosophers but have little direct effect upon political institutions.
Aristotle in his Constitutions had made a study of one hundred and fifty-eight constitutions of the states of his day, and the fruits of that study are seen in the continual reference to concrete political experience, which makes the Politics in some respects a critical history of the workings of the institutions of the Greek city state.
The extent to which Aristotle or the Aristotelian school were indebted to him in the Politics
has been little recognized, and the recognition is the more necessary because it is not made by Aristotle himself.
Politics is something no decent man should meddle with.
Captain Jim's a Grit, but it's my opinion he's ashamed of it, for he never talks politics.
Another observed that the love of tulips agreed perfectly well with that of politics, and that it was proved in history that many very dangerous men were engaged in gardening, just as if it had been their profession, whilst really they occupied themselves with perfectly different concerns; witness Tarquin the Elder, who grew poppies at Gabii, and the Great Conde, who watered his carnations at the dungeon of Vincennes at the very moment when the former meditated his return to Rome, and the latter his escape from prison.
Either Cornelius van Baerle is a great lover of tulips, or a great lover of politics; in either case, he has told us a falsehood; first, because his having occupied himself with politics is proved by the letters which were found at his house; and secondly, because his having occupied himself with tulips is proved by the bulbs which leave no doubt of the fact.
Every one in polite circles knew that, in America, "a gentleman couldn't go into politics
Brother," said the lady, "your politics
Phillips is a Grit too because Prissy Andrews's father is one, and Ruby Gillis says that when a man is courting he always has to agree with the girl's mother in religion and her father in politics
The science of politics
, however, like most other sciences, has received great improvement.
The old prince seemed convinced not only that all the men of the day were mere babies who did not know the A B C of war or of politics
, and that Bonaparte was an insignificant little Frenchy, successful only because there were no longer any Potemkins or Suvorovs left to oppose him; but he was also convinced that there were no political difficulties in Europe and no real war, but only a sort of puppet show at which the men of the day were playing, pretending to do something real.
We cannot follow him through all the twists and turns of his politics
, nor through all his ups and downs in life, nor mention all the two hundred and fifty books and pamphlets that he wrote.
Franklin and I had both talked of foreign politics
, till we could talk no longer, and had then mutually fallen asleep in the heat of the sun.
To meddle in politics
," he exclaimed, in a languid voice, leaning back in his easy-chair.