The quotation in the title seems to appear everywhere on the Internet, but it is never attributed to anyone. Is there somebody who knows its origin?
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After some digging, it appears to have been written by John Galsworthy. The full context is thus:
I found this on a mailing list and someone had posted it. The source was not listed, but wikiquote seems to suggests his work Swan Song (1928) Pt. II, Ch. 6 for the last line.