Aristotle, and W. Rhys Roberts. Rhetoric. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2004. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Book II, chapter 17.
What type of character does power produce? Aristotle says it is fairly obvious. “Those in power are more ambitious and more manly in character than the wealthy, because they aspire to do the great deeds that their power permits them to do” (Aristotle II.17, B 1391a). People in positions of authority realize their responsibility. “They are dignified rather than arrogant” (Aristotle II.17, B 1391a). Aristotle notes that wealth and good fortune tend to overlap with having power.