This combination of idealism and respect for the teachings of experience constitutes in some ways the strength and value of the Politics, but it also makes it harder to follow.
It may help to an understanding of the Politics if something is said on those two points.
Captain Jim's a Grit, but it's my opinion he's ashamed of it, for he never talks politics
. There isn't any earthly doubt that the Conservatives will be returned with a big majority again."
"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.
It was useless to prolong the discussion: everybody knew the melancholy fate of the few gentlemen who had risked their clean linen in municipal or state politics
in New York.
When he found, therefore, he had carried matters too far, he began to think of reconciling them; which was no very difficult task, as the lady had great affection for her brother, and still greater for her niece; and though too susceptible of an affront offered to her skill in politics
, on which she much valued herself, was a woman of a very extraordinary good and sweet disposition.
"Do you happen to know what my politics
are?" he asked.
It has been practiced upon in different countries and ages, and has received the sanction of the most approved writers on the subject of politics
. The opponents of the plan proposed have, with great assiduity, cited and circulated the observations of Montesquieu on the necessity of a contracted territory for a republican government.
And the prince began explaining all the blunders which, according to him, Bonaparte had made in his campaigns and even in politics
. His son made no rejoinder, but it was evident that whatever arguments were presented he was as little able as his father to change his opinion.
The years went on, Defoe always living a stormy life amid the clash of party politics
, always writing, writing.
Needless also to say, that THEY asked awkward questions directly, and that the "foreign politics
" and the "falling asleep in the sun" wouldn't serve a second time over with THEM.
Besides, you are right in another respect, which is in thinking that if we were to meddle in politics
there could not be a better time than the present."