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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
One Step from the Sublime to the Ridiculous.
 
Tom Paine said, “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
 


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