Thank you for allowing me to explain and to popint out the oringal
meaning of this phrase as most people understand it.
As mentioned by the commenters below, the American Poet, Robert Frost,
speaks of the road ?less traveled by? in his poem ?The Road Not
Taken?. Frost symbolically recognized these two paths, the road
frequently traveled (choices made by most people) and the ?road less
traveled? (the more difficult of the two choices and the one more
rarely selected) as the two fundamental choices, or the two ways to
live. He also saw these as opposing life decisions; potentially being
the two ways to live or to perish and suggests that the very nature of
mortal life allows us to only choose but one.
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
Robert Frost?s mother was obsessively religious and while he tended to
play down his own religious believes later in his own adulthood, he
grew up admiring her religious devotion and described it as
?beautiful?. No doubt Frost was well educated on matters of Biblical
scripture and his poetry often clearly alluded to religious references
though he preferred to consider himself rather ambiguously to be a
?Congregationalist? if he must be considered anything at all.
The origin of the road less traveled lies in Frost?s indirect poetic
reference to these particular Biblical scriptures; Matthew Chapter 7
?Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you,
do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the
way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto
life, and few there be that find it.?
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Few people choose to travel (or ever find) the narrow (or harder) way
therefore the ?road less traveled? is figuratively ?the narrow road?,
or the road to salvation mentioned in the Bible and alluded to by
Frost. Certainly not everyone will agree that the narrow road is
relative to Christianity, since there are non-believers and believers
of different disciplines who also use this phrase, but clearly a
narrow, more difficult road is recognized as a far less traveled path
than the much broader and easier path chosen by most people.
The concept here (and thus the common meaning of the phrase) is that
when one avoids going along with the crowd simply because they?ve
found an easier way, one might be amply rewarded in life by enduring
the hardships of the more difficult path alone.
To quote Frost:
?Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.?
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