"Terrorists have failed to trigger mass conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe. We should draw strength from that fact."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Gijs de Vries on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Gijs de Vries on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Gijs de Vries on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Gijs de Vries on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Gijs de Vries on Ernest Hemingway
"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."
"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."
"I have never come across a technology that doesn't change. This is inevitable. You have to adapt your systems as technology develops."