"Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!"
This was spoken by Soviet
leader Nikita Khrushchev
in a 1959 speech to Western leaders, including Dwight D. Eisenhower
. Khrushchev had been invited to speak as a sign of goodwill
for new relations between the West and the Soviet Union
. Unfortunately for Krushchev, his translator
was unfamiliar with the Russian phrase "We will bury you", which in context means "We will outlive you", and translated it literally
. With the political climate of the day, the Western leaders whom he was speaking to took this as a threat
to their countries and democracy
Khrushchev later clarified his translator's error by stating, "I once said 'We will bury you,' and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you."