It is the right economy of time to do nothing by halves, nothing to show, nothing perfunctorily. If you write a letter, put your earnest meaning in, & God shall reward you by enlarging your sight. But save your thought & you shall find it worthless & your wordy letter worthless also. In writing a review, put in only that you have to say, only the things, & leave the consideration of the Greeks & Romans & the Universal History quite out. Stop when you have done. And stop when you have begun if it is not something to you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks 5:418