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With reasonable limits that I wanted to say so much within, I felt that I could not afford to waste words.

It might not sound natural to you native speakers, but does the sentence above make sense at all?
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DavkettSince the speaker recognized the limits as reasonable, he/she wanted to adhere to them--wanted to be obliged to the limits.
I see. Thank you, davkett!