Thomas talks of early struggles to Neb. crowd

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas delivers the commencement address to graduates of the University of Nebraska's law school in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, May 7, 2011.  Thomas, the first sitting Supreme Court justice to participate in the law school's commencement, said that people should focus more on living honorably and less on superficial illusions of success. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas delivers the commencement address to graduates of the University of Nebraska's law school in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, May 7, 2011. Thomas, the first sitting Supreme Court justice to participate in the law school's commencement, said that people should focus more on living honorably and less on superficial illusions of success.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says family, faith and friends will matter more over a person's lifetime than superficial illusions of success.

His remarks were part of a commencement address Saturday to 129 graduates of the University of Nebraska's law school. More than 3,000 people attended the graduation in Lincoln.

Thomas told graduates to focus on people who have supported them, not those who haven't been encouraging.

His wife, Omaha native Virginia Lamp Thomas, was in the crowd. He called her "the love of my life" and said anything they do together is "twice as good."

Virginia Thomas' political activism has drawn criticism. Some have called for her husband to sit out the expected high court fight over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul because of her criticism of it.