trembling and perplexed, forever at the mercy of a nuance

Everything exists; nothing exists. Either formula affords a like serenity. The man of anxiety, to his misfortune, remains between them, trembling and perplexed, forever at the mercy of a nuance, incapable of gaining a foothold in the security of being or in the absence of being.

— E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born

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