"I remain optimistic. What we've seen in Europe and the rest of the world is that freedom has a much stronger attraction than radical fundamentalism."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."Gijs de Vries on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."Gijs de Vries on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."Gijs de Vries on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."Gijs de Vries on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."Gijs de Vries on Mahatma Gandhi
"In the fight against terrorism, national agencies keep full control over their police forces, security and intelligence agencies and judicial authorities."
"In intelligence work, there are limits to the amount of information one can share. Confidentiality is essential."
"You can't get closer to the heart of national sovereignty than national security and intelligence services."
"Terrorists have failed to trigger mass conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe. We should draw strength from that fact."
"I have never come across a technology that doesn't change. This is inevitable. You have to adapt your systems as technology develops."