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 LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama criticizes lack of diversity in politics: one side is 'all white, all men' Obama interrupts Michelle's appearance with 25th anniversary tribute Michelle Obama: Young people feel what's happening now 'not what they were taught' MORE and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support 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 CantorEric Cantor offering advice to end ‘immigration wars’ Trump's olive branch differs from the golden eras of bipartisanship After divisive rally, Trump calls for unity 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 BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenReport: Biden to write foreword for memoir by transgender activist Biden to Alabama: No more extremist senators Kasich, Biden to hold discussion on bipartisanship MORE.”