I read the first few pages of Beowulf (translated by Seamus Heaney), and found this quote:
Behaviour that’s admired is the path to power among people everywhere.
I want that to be true, but it’s not. Admirable behavior is a thing given up on right now, but maybe I am assuming that behavior I admire is what all people admire. I can’t think of a single person in politics/government in the United States that I admire, and they’ve all got power.