Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.
But certainly, some there are that know the resorts and falls of business that can not sink into the main of it; like a house that hath convenient stairs and entries, but never a fair room. Francis Bacon
The tide of business, like the running stream, Is sometimes high and sometimes low, A quiet ebb, or a tempestuous flow, And always in extreme. Now with a noiseless gentle course, It keeps within the middle bed, Anon it lifts aloft the head, And bears down all before it with impetuous force. John Dryden