Vice President Biden said Tuesday night that the response to last week's Boston Marathon bombing shows that "fear never triumphs over hope."

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"We suffered loss and we're grieving. But we're not bending. We're resilient," Biden said.

The vice president was speaking at TIME magazine's annual gala for those named in its annual "100 most influential people in the world" issue. Past speakers include first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaMichelle Obama holds fitness 'bootcamps' for friends Obama marks Father’s Day: ‘I'm most proud to be Sasha and Malia's dad’ Obamas invited to be honorary football coach at University of Michigan MORE and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump: 'Bothersome' how close Mueller is to Comey House intel panel will interview John Podesta next week: report Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel MORE.

His remarks focused primarily on the nation's response to last week's terrorist attack, which left three dead and more than 200 injured.

"As a country, America just went through a tragic week. But we didn't have to look far to see the selflessness of people," Biden said.

The vice president said that "if the purpose of terror is to instill fear, you saw none of that in Boston."

"They're taking on 300 million Americans, every one of them who feels deeply about the values that make us strong and they understand it makes us the strongest force for good on Earth," Biden said.

The vice president punctuated his remarks with moments of levity, paying tribute to other members of the magazine's list who were recognized for their humanitarian efforts or scientific breakthroughs.

Noting that he was mangling many of the foreign recipient's names, Biden quipped, "If it's wrong, you can call me 'Bitten.' "

In the magazine, House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorWhat to watch for in Comey’s testimony Trump nominates two new DOD officials Brat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes MORE (R-Va.) wrote a tribute to the vice president, praising his willingness to reach across the aisle.

"Too often in Washington, opposing sides don’t speak to one another," Cantor wrote. "The best way to find solutions and common ground is to build personal relationships based on trust. No one in Washington understands this better than Joe BidenJoe BidenOPINION: Democrats are going to keep losing if they can't articulate a vision Biden tells LGBT community to hold Trump accountable Budowsky: Dems madder than hell MORE.”