July 24, 1978 12:00 PM

Compiled by Scott Deindorfer

The compiler, a 10-year-old from New York, put together this book, designed to look like an autograph album, because “I’m interested in famous people in different fields and have often wondered whether they have had a particular quotation or saying that helped them rise to the top.” Henry Miller responded to Deindorfer’s request with “Don’t look for miracles. You are the miracle.” The widow of gossipist Leonard Lyons: “Nobody’s ever insulted to be invited.” Jimmy Carter invoked the Bible; old boxer Gene Tunney, Emerson. Both political columnist Mary McGrory and Gerald Ford provided the same verses from Yeats: “Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, / And say my glory was I had such friends.” A number of people never answered, including New York Yankee Sparky Lyle, who ignored several requests. But the book offers more than 200 gems, including this wisdom from TV’s Tom Snyder: “It beats the hell out of me.” (Workman, $3.95)

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