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The meaning and origin of the expression: The course of true love never did run smooth

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The course of true love never did run smooth

Meaning

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Origin

This expression derives from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream, 1598:

LYSANDER:
Ay me! for aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth;
But, either it was different in blood,--

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