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from the ridiculous to the sublime

From something silly, foolish, or absurd to something exceptional or beautiful. Less common than "from the sublime to the ridiculous." I was pleasantly surprised by the ending to that play—it really took things from the ridiculous to the sublime.
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There is surprisingly little difference between the wonderful and the extremely silly. The expression linking “ridiculous” and “sublime” originated with Tom Paine in The Age of Reason (1794): “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.” Napoleon, who admired Paine, repeated it in French about 1812; his version was translated as “From the sublime to the ridiculous there is only one step.” The two qualities have been paired in this way ever since.
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He went from the ridiculous to the sublime in, well, a blink of an eye.
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The Bluebirds lie in second ahead of today's cup break and for Parkin it is case of "from the ridiculous to the sublime" in league terms after leaving a Preston side rooted to the foot of the table.
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His transformation from the ridiculous to the sublime was emphasised in moving from 50 to 98 in just 26 balls, five of which were lifted over the ropes.
Shah's transformation from the ridiculous to the sublime was emphasised by his moving from 50 to 98 off only26balls, fiveofwhichwerehit for six.
Bruce said: "We go from the ridiculous to the sublime but the one thing we've got is a threat up front.
And then from the ridiculous to the sublime, a resident living diagonally opposite Chris has created a most unusual and eye-catching wall by cementing giant oval stones, some of which look like huge eggs, onto the top.
Whatever the shortcomings of the American presidential election process, the length of the campaigns, the intense media scrutiny and the range of issues - from the ridiculous to the sublime - it is a crucible in which serious candidates are seriously tested.
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