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    'Twas the saying of an ancient sage that humour was the only test
    of gravity, and gravity of humour. For a subject which would not
    bear raillery was suspicious; and a jest which would not bear a
    serious examination was certainly false wit.
    - Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury,

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Ridicule has historically proven itself a rickety fence for great ideas.

Ridicule has historically proven itself a rickety fence for great ideas.

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That passage is what I call the sublime dashed to pieces by
cutting too close with the fiery four-in-hand read more

That passage is what I call the sublime dashed to pieces by
cutting too close with the fiery four-in-hand round the corner of
nonsense.

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Mockery is the weapon of those who have no other.

Mockery is the weapon of those who have no other.

by Hubert Pierlot Found in: Ridicule Quotes,
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Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.

Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.

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Ridicule is like a wolf: it only destroys those who fear it

Ridicule is like a wolf: it only destroys those who fear it

by Charles Simmons Found in: Ridicule Quotes,
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Man learns more readily and remembers more willingly what excites his ridicule than what deserves esteem and respect.

Man learns more readily and remembers more willingly what excites his ridicule than what deserves esteem and respect.

by Horace Found in: Ridicule Quotes,
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Generally the ridiculous touches the sublime.
[Fr., En general, le ridicule touche au sublime.]

Generally the ridiculous touches the sublime.
[Fr., En general, le ridicule touche au sublime.]

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The sublime and ridiculous are often so nearly related that it is
difficult to class them separately. One step read more

The sublime and ridiculous are often so nearly related that it is
difficult to class them separately. One step below the sublime
makes the ridiculous and one step above the ridiculous makes the
sublime again.

by Thomas Paine Found in: Ridicule Quotes,
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Jane borrow'd maxims from a doubting school,
And took for truth the test of ridicule;
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Jane borrow'd maxims from a doubting school,
And took for truth the test of ridicule;
Lucy saw no such virtue in a jest,
Truth was with her of ridicule the test.

by George Crabbe Found in: Ridicule Quotes,
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