the course of true love never did run smooth
- people in love often have to overcome difficulties in order to be with each other
- true love always has difficulties
- there will always be problems in a romantic relationship
- Judy and I are in a long distance relationship and it is not easy staying away from each other. The course of true love never did run smooth.
- Sean and Jessica had to overcome a lot of social hurdles and restrictions before they could finally be with each other. The course of true love never did run smooth.
- When they decided to get married, they faced stiff resistance and even rejection from their families because the match was not a socially acceptable one. The course of true love never did run smooth.
- She had to sacrifice her career and leave her close friends behind to be with her boyfriend when he decided to move to another city. The course of true love never did run smooth.
- They had been through a lot of lows during their decade long relationship, but they always supported each other through everything. The course of true love never did run smooth.
This expression was first used by William Shakespeare in his play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 1598.
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one cannot love and be wise ❯❮ love to death
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—
O cross! too high to be enthrall'd to low.
Or else misgraffèd in respect of years—
O spite! too old to be engag'd to young.
Or else it stood upon the choice of friends—
Hermia:A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 1, scene 1, 132–140
O hell! to choose love by another's eyes.
The young lovers Lysander and Hermia, like young lovers in every comedy, have run into trouble at the very start of the play. Hermia's father has decided that she shall marry Demetrius, not Lysander; if she refuses, she'll have to face the law of Athens—that is, either death or consignment to a nunnery. Lysander offers "comfort" with the observation that "the course of true love never did run smooth," apparently comparing romance to a river current. His examples—which elicit parallel replies from Hermia—include affairs complicated by differences in class ("blood") or age, or dictated by relations ("friends"). I haven't quoted the rest of his complaint, expecting that this sample should be enough. (For the rest of the catalogue, seeSWIFT AS A SHADOW.) Hermia's "misgraffèd," by the way, means "poorly grafted"; she compares marital union to hybridization. Horticultural metaphors are common in Shakespeare [seeGET THEE TO A NUNNERY].
Themes: love, marriage
Speakers: Lysander, Hermia
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