A Table of the Springs of Action

Jeremy Bentham

Derived from the matter of WEALTH.—PLEASURES of Possession—Fruition—
PAINS of Privation—Loss—Poverty—
Corresponding Interest,
PECUNIARY INTEREST. Interest of the Purse.
Corresponding MOTIVES—with Names,

 —I. Neutral: viz.
Single-worded, none.

1. Desire, want, need, hope, prospect, expectation—of the means of subsistence, of competence, plenty, abundance, riches, opulence;—of profit, acquisition, &c.
2. Fear, apprehension—of loss, pecuniary damage, want, penury, poverty, impoverishment, indigence.
3. Desire, &c.—of maintaining, preserving, improving, mending, bettering, meliorating, advancing—a man's condition, situation, station, position—in life, in society, in the world, &c.

 —II. Eulogistic:

1. Economy.
2. Frugality.
3. Thrift.
4. Thriftiness.


5. Desire, hope, prospect, expectation—of thriving.
6. Prudential regard, care, attention, for and to a man's pecuniary concerns, property income, estate, livelihood, subsistence.

—III. Dyslogistic: viz.

1. Parsimony.
2. Parsimoniousness.
3. Penuriousness.
4. Closeness.
5. Stinginess.
6. Niggardliness.
7. Miserliness.
8. Nearness.
9. Dirtiness

1. Covetousness,
2. Cupidity.
3. Avarice.
4. Repacity.
5. Rapaciousness.


6. Corruption.
7. Corruptness.
8. Venality.


9. Love, appetite, &c. (as per No.1. Col.3) lust, greediness—of, for, to and after—money, gain, lucre, pelf—hoarding, flint-skinning, scraping, &c.

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