Can you please elaborate on the context of where you encountered/heard/read the simile and what was the simile refering to.
I have heard my teacher use the simile in relation to the strength of sankharas created through volitional action though I don't think he referred to the simile as coming from the Buddha (which would indicate a sutta reference).
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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