Over at Commander Benson's Deck Log, there's a fine post on a terrific Superman story from Action #288. When I checked with the Grand Comics database, there was no writer information, but I strongly suspect it's Edmond Hamilton, based on similar endings to other stories.
Here's the finale to that story:
Somewhat similar sentiments were expressed at the end of the Tiger Man story from Batman #93, which the GCD attributes to Hamilton:
This respect for the past is something of a rarity in comics. It also popped up in the Batman story in Detective #220, which the GCD tentatively credits to Bill Finger, but which I assume also came from Hamilton: