If Ken Lewis is to be believed, then Bernanke and Paulson pulled no punches in muscling BofA into the Merrill deal. Therefore, a few words on muscle.
“What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who has only his eyes if he is a painter, or his ears if he is a musician, or a lyre at every level of his heart if he is a poet, or, if he is merely a boxer, only his muscle? On the contrary, he is at the same time a political being, constantly alert to the heartrending, burning, or happy events in the world, molding himself in their likeness.”
“Action is transitory a step, a blow, The motion of a muscle, this way or that 'Tis done, and in the after-vacancy We wonder at ourselves like men betrayed”
“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That's what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they'll go through the pain no matter what happens.”
“The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
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