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 ObamaEric Trump calls out Holder on kicking comments: 'Who says this?' Michael Avenatti, please go away Minnesota GOP Senate candidate compared Michelle Obama to a chimp in Facebook post MORE and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWatchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US Republicans cancel airtime in swing Vegas district The Democratic Donald Trump is coming 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 Ivan CantorTrump gives Dave Brat his 'total endorsement' Former TV journalist gives GOP rare dose of hope in Florida Dave Brat trailing in reelection bid 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 BidenBooker holds 'Get Out the Vote' event in South Carolina as presidential speculation builds Biden, Jackson receive Freedom Awards from National Civil Rights Museum The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns MORE.”