From a story in today’s New York Times:

“I grew up in a religious environment, and I’m proud of it,” Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said. “I was going to be a priest; I’m proud of it. And I thank God I believe in God or I would probably be enormously angry right now.”

What an interesting observation considering this paragraph in the beginning of the story:

Justice Clarence Thomas has not asked a question from the bench in more than six years, and he seldom appears in public in Washington, a city he says is full of cynics, smart alecks and people who have agendas rather than convictions.

Hmmm, good thing Thomas has religion because he doesn’t appear bitter at all. Not even a hint of anger. If I’ve ever seen a man at true peace without a shadow of a doubt it’s Thomas. Sometimes I even confuse his quiescent demeanor with that of the Buddha.