Such proud, obstinate, ridiculous judgements I have encountered many times, and once even in England.
Nil habet infelix paupertas durius in se Quam quod ridiculos homines facit. The hardest thing to bear in poverty is the fact that it makes men ridiculous.
Thank goodness we don't have only serious problems, but ridiculous ones as well.edsger w. dijkstra
In politics, being ridiculous is more damaging than being extreme.roy hattersley
If every day a man takes orders in silence from an incompetent superior, if every day he solemnly performs ritual acts which he privately finds ridiculous, if he unhesitatingly gives answers to questionnaires which are contrary to his real opinions and is prepared to deny his own self in public, if he sees no difficulty in feigning sympathy or even affection where, in fact, he feels only indifference or aversion, it still does not mean that he has entirely lost the use of one of the basic human senses, namely, the sense of humiliation.václav havel
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.thomas paine
Of children as of procreation— the pleasure momentary, the posture ridiculous, the expense damnable.evelyn waugh
You should hear me on my own. It’s horrendous.I saw Deep Purple live once and I paid money for it and I thought, Geez, this is ridiculous.’angus young
I accept responsibility for U-boat warfare from 1933 onward, and of the entire navy from 1943 on, but to make me responsible for what happened to Jews in Germany, or Russian soldiers on the east front it is so ridiculous all I can do is laugh.karl dönitz
You will have to brace yourselves for this not because it is difficult to understand, but because it is absolutely ridiculous: All we do is draw little arrows on a piece of paper that’s all!richard feynman
This is a serious analysis of a ridiculous subject, which is of course the opposite of what is usual in economics.paul krugman
The claim by the IPCC that an imposed climate forcing (such as added atmospheric concentrations of CO2) can work through the parameterizations involved in the atmospheric, land, ocean and continental ice sheet components of the climate model to create skillful global and regional forecasts decades from now is a remarkable statement. That the IPCC states that this is a ‘much more easily solved problem than forecasting weather patterns just weeks from now’ is clearly a ridiculous scientific claim.roger a. pielke
Language is a finite instrument crudely applied to an infinity of ideas, and one consequence of the failure to take account of this is that modern philosophy has made itself ridiculous by analysing such statements as, "This is a good bacon sandwich," or, "Bedser had a good wicket."tom stoppard
Have I ever remarked on how completely ridiculous it is to ask high school students to decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives and give them nearly no support in doing so? Support like, say, spending a day apiece watching twenty different jobs and then another week at their top three choices, with salary charts and projections and probabilities of graduating that subject given their test scores? The more so considering this is a central allocation question for the entire economy?eliezer yudkowsky
There are no exact guidelines. There are probably no guidelines at all. The only thing I can recommend at this stage is a sense of humor , an ability to see things in their ridiculous and absurd dimensions, to laugh at others and at ourselves, a sense of irony regarding everything that calls out for parody in this world .
From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.
With ridiculous and awkward action, Which, slanderer, he imitation calls.william shakespeare
We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.
This was her finest role and the hardest one to play. Choosing between heaven and a ridiculous fidelity, preferring oneself to eternity or losing oneself in God is the age-old tragedy in which each must play his part.Albert Camus
Exactly. If I can get through your defenses then I'm entitled to anything I can lay my hands on. [Kevin: This is ridiculous. How would you feel if you were a content provider?] WELL I'M NOT!
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
And in these four things, opinion of ghosts , ignorance of second causes, devotion towards what men fear , and taking of things casual for prognostics , consisteth the natural seed of religion ; which by reason of the different fancies, judgments and passions of several men, has grown up into ceremonies so different, that those which are used by one man, are for the most part ridiculous to another.