from the sublime to the ridiculous

from the sublime to the ridiculous

Fig. from something fine and uplifting to something ridiculous or mundane. After Mr. Jones had introduced my wife to his wife, he jokingly turned to introduce me and said, "From the sublime to the ridiculous." After the opera singer finished, the master of ceremonies introduced the comic juggler saying, "From the sublime to the ridiculous...."
See also: ridiculous, sublime

from the sublime to the ridiculous

from something that is very good to something that is very bad or silly The performances at the festival ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Usage notes: also used in the form from the ridiculous to the sublime
See also: ridiculous, sublime

from the sublime to the ridiculous

from something that is very good or very serious to something that is very bad or silly The evening went from the sublime to the ridiculous, an hour-long piano recital followed by two hours of karaoke.
See also: ridiculous, sublime

from the sublime to the ridiculous

From the beautiful to the silly, from great to puny. For example, They played first Bach and then an ad jingle-from the sublime to the ridiculous. The reverse, from the ridiculous to the sublime, is used with the opposite meaning. Coined by Tom Paine in The Age of Reason (1794), in which he said the two are so closely related that it is but one step from one to the other, the phrase has been often repeated in either order.
See also: ridiculous, sublime
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They note some 20 explanations that they find "ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.
In its nineteen years at Duke University, the American Dance Festival has hosted everything in modern dance from the sublime to the ridiculous.
From the sublime to the ridiculous, the Masonic Home planners learned that one must be ready for anything in striving for the next level of excellence in nursing home design.
Though certainly correct in her premise, Rogers fails to interpret or analyze these chaotic bits of public response, observations that run the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous.
I have long enjoyed the phrase 'from the sublime to the ridiculous' but have only just discovered that, according to the OED, it is a shortening of a saying attributed to Napoleon on the retreat from Moscow - ' From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step'.
MOVING from the sublime to the ridiculous, it is astonishing that Newcastle Council, which is reportedly so short of finance that it torpedoed the artistic and cultural life of Newcastle, has decided to report (using two types of a single A4 page, full-colour brochure) a change in scheduling arrangements for domestic refuse collection to its entire electoral register.
15) Verdict: GIVEN that actress Anna Faris has starred in Brokeback Mountain and Scary Movie, you could say that her career has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Nadia Kelly, a spokeswoman for internet search site Ask Jeeves who carried out the study, said: "We get asked all types of questions - from the sublime to the ridiculous - so it was interesting for us to explore the types of questions which are asked in everyday life as well.
GARCIA BACKERS MUST BE IN A STATE OF SHOCK There can be few punters who carry more scar tissue than those who regularly put their faith in Sergio Garcia, a player who can go from the sublime to the ridiculous as quick as a flash.
The gameplay varies immensely from event to event and also varies from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Michael Daley, Glasgow, emailed: "When I look at Boruc now I know what people mean when they talk about going from the sublime to the ridiculous.
But, as the Diana inquest lurches from the sublime to the ridiculous, what could be more far-fetched than Buck House's hilarious real-life soap opera?
Luke Donald went from the sublime to the ridiculous in the space of 15 minutes to see his hopes of Masters glory nosedive.
CASTAIC - With decorations that ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, a stream of lighted boats glided by the sandy banks of Castaic Lake just after sunset Saturday in the seventh annual Winter Magic Lighted Boat Parade.
From the sublime to the ridiculous, you can always expect a few random and unexpected song choices