Aristotle, and W. Rhys Roberts. Rhetoric. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2004. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Book II, chapter 16.
Aristotle addresses character issues among the wealthy. “Wealthy men are insolent and arrogant; their possession of wealth affects their understanding; they feel as if they had every good thing that exists; wealth becomes a sort of standard value for everything else, and therefore they imagine there is nothing it cannot buy” (II.16, B 1391a). Aristotle sees wealthy people as luxurious, ostentatious, and vulgar. Those who have recently become rich show these characteristics in a greater degree than those accustomed to wealth.