Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (18941971)
My letter to Castro concluded an episode of world history in which, bringing the world to the brink of atomic war, we won a Socialist Cuba. Its very consoling for me personally to know that our side acted correctly and that we did a great revolutionary deed by not letting American imperialism intimidate us. The Caribbean crisis was a triumph of Soviet foreign policy and a personal triumph in my own career as a statesman and as a member of the collective leadership. We achieved, I would say, a spectacular success without having to fire a single shot!
NIKITA S. KHRUSHCHEV, Khrushchev Remembers, trans. Strobe Talbott, p. 504 (1971).