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 Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle once said...

There is nothing one sees oftener than the ridiculous and magnificent, such close neighbors that they touch. [Fr., L'on ne saurait mieux faire voir que le magnifique et le ridicule sont si voisins qu'ils se touchent.]

In Ridicule Quotes, by Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle , Source: Oeuvres--Dialogues des Morts (IV, 32), (ed. 1825)

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