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.
The sublime, says Longinus, is often nothing but the echo or image of magnanimity; and where this quality appears in any one, even though a syllable be not uttered, it excites our applause and admiration.
The sublime only paints the true, and that too in noble objects; it paints it in all its phases, its cause and its effect; it is the most worthy expression or image of this truth. Ordinary minds cannot find out the exact expression, and use synonymes.
The sublime is the temple-step of religion, as the stars are of immeasurable space. When what is mighty appears in nature,a storm, thunder, the starry firmament, death,then utter the word God before the child. A great misfortune, a great blessing, a great crime, a noble action, are building-sites for a childs church.