First let me say that the only phrase in this post that I believe to be genuine is Krushchev's "we will bury you" quote. However, even that quote often gets misattributed as to when and where it was supposed to have been said. The rest of the quotes in this post have not be confirmed by multiple authoritative sources. So, depending on the standards of evidence you chose to employ, you may not want to take any of them at face value.
The meme of America falling to communism without a struggle seems to have started in the United States in 1954. It then goes through a progression, a kind of evolution, over the next 60 years. As is gets paraphrased and republished, it merges with other unauthenticated quotes to spawn new hybrid quotes that mutate into what we have today; a smorgasbord of quotes that purportedly came from Lenin, Khrushchev, both Lenin and Khrushchev, or some entirely different communist leader.
LENIN -- THE "OVERRIPE FRUIT" QUOTE - 1954
I believe this is where the meme gets its start. It's the earliest reference to the Soviet Union's non-violent takeover of the United States. During his testimony before a senate subcommittee in 1954, the soviet defector Nicholas Goncharoff attributed the quote to Lenin. Later, Cardinal Francis Spellman lends credence to the quote when he mentions it in a speech to the National Convention of the American Legion. As far as I can tell it's never been authenticated and it does not appear in any of Lenin's written works."First, we will take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia, then we will encircle the United States which will be the last bastion of capitalism. We will not have to attack. It will fall like an overripe fruit into our hands. "
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV -- THE "SMALL DOSES" QUOTE - 1960
Although not directly part of the meme it soon merges with Lenin's "overripe fruit" quote to form a hybrid. Ultra right wing groups first publicize this quote in 1960. Although they attributed it to Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, some later admit that it's not a direct quote but instead paraphrases the Soviet leader's attitude towards the west. In a large propaganda campaign, it's printed on millions of post cards and sent to households all over America ."We cannot expect Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism."
Research by Slavic division of the Library of Congress, the Department of State, US Information Agency and apparently even the CIA and the FBI could not authenticate the phrase.
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV -- THE HYBRID "SMALL DOSES AND OVERRIPE FRUIT" QUOTE - 1960's
The meme takes on a new form as the two misquotes merge. Ezra Taft Benson claims to have heard it in person during Khrushchev's 1959 visit to the United States. Later, Benson contradicts himself and claims it was something Khrushchev had said several months before coming the United States. Benson also claimed it might not have been Khrushchev's exact words, but it summarized "in substance" Khrushchev's position."You Americans are so gullible. No, you won't accept Communism outright; but we'll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism. We won't have to fight you; we'll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands."
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV -- THE "WE WILL BURY YOU" QUOTE - 1960
This remark was noted by western ambassadors during a diplomatic reception at the Polish embassy in Moscow 1956. As far as I can tell this is the only authentic quote in this entire post."Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will dig you in."
The phrase often gets misattributed to something Khrushchev might have said during the alleged "shoe banging incident" at the United Nations general Assembly. As Khrushchev was prone to boisterous outbursts, I guess some people thought it made a good fit. On a side note, I came across some amusing fake picture of the alleged great shoe banging incident of 1960.
KHRUSHCHEV ET. AL.: TODAY’S SMORGASBORD - 2012
Today, we have various combinations of all four quotes. There does not seem to be any authoritative source for any of them.
I'm not sure this is a conclusive debunk, but I doubt any Soviet leader ever said "We will bury you without firing a shot”.
"We will bury you without firing a shot”
“We will bury you from within without firing a shot.”
"We will take over American and never fire a shot"
“We will destroy America without wasting one bullet”
"We will take America without firing a shot…….We will BURY YOU! We can’t expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism. We do not have to invade the United States, we will destroy you from within.”
"You Americans are so gullible! We don’t have to invade you! We will destroy you from within without firing a shot! We will bury you by the billions! We spoon feed you socialism until your Communists and don’t even know it! We assist your elected leaders in giving you small doses of Socialism until you suddenly awake to find you have Communism. the day will come when your grandchildren will live under communism"