It is impossible for the mind which is not totally destitute of piety, to behold the sublime, the awful, the amazing works of creation and providence — the heavens with their luminaries, the mountains, the ocean, the storm, the earthquake, the volcano, the circuit of the seasons, and the revolutions of empires — without marking in them all the mighty hand of God, and feeling strong emotions of reverence toward the Author of these stupendous works.
One step above the sublime, makes the ridiculous; and one step above the ridiculous, makes the sublime again.thomas paine
I know not how it wasbut, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit? There was aniciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heartan unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime.
The sublime is excited in me by the great stoical doctrine, Obey thyself.ralph waldo emerson
The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal themselves in all their beauty only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it. But when a person of that sex, that, because of our mores and our prejudices, has to encounter infinitely more obstacles and difficulties than men in familiarizing herself with these thorny research problems, nevertheless succeeds in surmounting these obstacles and penetrating their most obscure parts, she must without doubt have the noblest courage, quite extraordinary talents and superior genius.carl friedrich gauss
Pronaque quum spectent animalia cetera terram,Os homini sublime dedit, coelumque tueriJussit, et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus.ovid
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
Either the conscious intellect is impotent, or is not sufficiently strong, or is not the factor positively connected with altruistic phenomenon generally or their sublime form particularly.pitirim sorokin
There is but a step from the sublime to the ridiculous.napoleon bonaparte
All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.lucretius
By a route obscure and lonely, Haunted by ill angels only, Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT, On a black throne reigns upright, I have reached these lands but newly From an ultimate dim Thule From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime, Out of SPACE out of TIME.edgar allan poe
Under the benignant providence of Almighty God the representatives of the States and of the people are again brought together to deliberate for the public good. The gratitude of the nation to the sovereign arbiter of all human events should be commensurate with the boundless blessings which we enjoy. Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.james k. polk
Art is a spiritual function of man, which aims at freeing him from life’s chaos. Art is free in the use of its means in any way it likes, but is bound to its laws and to its laws alone. The minute it becomes art, it becomes much more sublime than a class distinction between proletariat and bourgeoisie.kurt schwitters
Greatly begin! Though thou have time But for a line, be that sublime Not failure, but low aim is crime.james russell lowell
Christianity has made martyrdom sublime, and sorrow triumphant.
Du sublime au ridicule il n'y a qu'un pas.
Oh, fear not in a world like this, And thou shalt know ere long, Know how sublime a thing it is To suffer and be strong.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ovid 's a rake, as half his verses show him, Anacreon's morals are a still worse sample, Catullus scarcely has a decent poem, I don't think Sappho's Ode a good example, Although Longinus tells us there is no hymn Where the sublime soars forth on wings more ample; But Virgil's songs are pure, except that horrid one Beginning with "Formosum Pastor Corydon."lord byron
To be able to fall down in such a way that in the same second it looks as if one were standing and walking, to transform the leap of life into a walk, absolutely to express the sublime in the pedestrian – that only the knight of faith can do – this is the one and only prodigy.
From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime Out of Space out of Time.
Art is a spiritual function of man, which aims at freeing him from life’s chaos. Art is free in the use of its means in any way it likes, but is bound to its laws and to its laws alone. The minute it becomes art, it becomes much more sublime than a class distinction between proletariat and bourgeoisie.
What a sublime doctrine it is, that goodness cherished now is eternal life already entered on!
It is nearly impossible to give an adequate idea of the higher feelings which are excited; wonder astonishment, and sublime devotion fill and elevate the mind .
sublime Philosophy! Thou art the patriarch’s ladder, reaching heaven; And bright with beckoning angels but alas! We see thee, like the patriarch, but in dreams, By the first step, dull slumbering on the earth.Lytton
I acted so tragic the house rose like magic, The audience yelled,'You're sublime'. They made me a present of Mornington Crescent, They threw it a brick at a time.