The Cardinal Virtue of Temperance


Enables one to be moderate in the pleasure and use of created goods

  • Temperance moderates one’s desires and pleasures
  • It is concerned with the greatest sensible pleasures that attract man: eating, drinking (pleasures of the table), and sexual gratification
  • Temperance strikes a balance: It does not destroy passions but moderates them
  • The morally immature person is unreasonable and resistant to correction