On “a quiet night” at the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said recently that he sometimes steals into the Court’s wood-paneled conference rooms to contemplate the work of his predecessors whose portraits adorn the walls. “They’re probably looking down at me with either bemusement or amazement,” he laughed.

For Justice Clarence Thomas, a walk out to the Court’s front plaza will sometimes re-energize him when he is tired and asking himself “Why am I doing this?” Looking back at the Court from that vantage point, he said, “It’s hard not to get goose bumps, or it’s hard not to realize that this is much larger than me.”

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