(Cesare Beccaria (1735-1794), Italian jurist, philosopher. On Crimes and Punishments, Introduction (1764).
Thomas Carlyle attributes a similar utterance to Charles de Montesquieu, in History of Frederick the Great (1858-1865) bk. 16, ch. 1: "Happy the people whose annals are blank in history-books!")
(Gerald Kaufman (b. 1930), British Labour politician. Quoted in The Time of My Life, ch. 23, Denis Healey (1989).
Referring to the Labour Party's New Hope For Britain manifesto for the 1983 general election, which Labour lost: "the scale of our defeat was devastating," Healey wrote.)