I have found it. From the novel Triplanetary by E.E. “Doc” Smith, serialized in 1934-35 and collected in 1948:
“Of course,” she said again, as steadily, thrilled this time to the depths of her being by the sheer manhood of him who had thus simply voiced his Code; a man of such fiber that neither love of life nor his infinitely greater love for her could make him lower its high standard.
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