Exaggerated expressions accentuate and intensify afflicted emotions. Don’t say “I adore this food” or “I love this car” when a simple “I like” is enough to describe your emotional relationship with a mere object. Don’t say “I hate the heat” or “I detest this music” when you simply dislike them.
Modulate your emotions while describing them. Use language with precision, and you will discover that extreme emotions are conceptual fabrications.
A fool who knows his foolishness is wise at least to that extent, but a fool who thinks himself wise is a fool indeed.
— The Dhammapada, 5:63
We can only begin from where we stand. Gross ignorance is nothing to boast of, but a sincere fessing up is a start. Humility is not merely a pleasant character trait — it is essential. It is simple honesty.