And many proverbs and sayings owe their success to the use of easily understood marine analogies.
One of the most famous is "A smooth sea never made a good sailor."
But this saying is a modern take on a much older one.
One that comes from ancient Greece, from approximately twenty-three centuries ago, and was penned by the philosopher Epicurus, who knew a thing or two about metaphorical writing.
"Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests." Epicurus (341-270 B.C.)