In tristitia hilaris, in hilaritate tristis  

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"In tristitia hilaris, in hilaritate tristis" is a dictum by Giordano Bruno, recorded in Il Candelaio and elsewhere. It translates as "in sadness be joyful, in joy be sad" or as “Cheerful in gloom, gloomy in cheer”.

It is often held to be Giordano Bruno's motto.

It is usually cited as the source for Finnegans Wake 's characters "Tristopher and Hilary".

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