Quotation by Napoleon Bonaparte

There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), French general, emperor. remark, Dec. 1812, to Polish Ambassador Abbé De Pradt. Quoted in Histoire de l'Ambassade dans le Grand-duché de Varsovie en 1812, p. 215, D.G. De Pradt (1815).

of Napoleon's return by sledge to Paris after the failure of his Russian campaign; also in Comte de Las Cases' Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène. Tom Paine had earlier observed (The Age of Reason, pt. 2, 1795): "One step above the sublime, makes the ridiculous; and one step above the ridiculous, makes the sublime again."
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