The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.1
Age of Reason. Part ii. note.
Note 1. Probably this is the original of Napoleons celebrated mot, Du sublime au ridicule il ny a quun pas (From the sublime to the ridiculous there is but one step). [back]