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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

What's the meaning of the phrase 'The course of true love never did run smooth'?

Cobbe family portrait of William ShakespeareLiteral meaning.

What's the origin of the phrase 'The course of true love never did run smooth'?

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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