The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon

"'I'll tell you what I know then,' he decided. 'The pin I'm wearing means I'm a member of the IA. That's Innamorati Anonymous. An innamorato is somebody in love. That's the worst addiction of all.'"

"'I came, she said, 'hoping you could talk me out of a fantay!' 'Cherish it!' cried Hilarius, fiercely. 'What else do any of you have? Hold it tightly by its little tentacle, don't let the Freudians coax it away or the pharmacists poison it out of you. Whatever it is, hold it dear, for when you lose it you go over by that much to the others. You begin to cease to be.'"