"The idea is to have global standards. There is so much travel that if you just had a regional standard, it would probably ultimately have to be changed."
"It is better to travel well than to arrive."Gijs de Vries on Buddha
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."Gijs de Vries on Maya Angelou
"One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more."Gijs de Vries on Thomas Jefferson
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."Gijs de Vries on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."Gijs de Vries on Saint Augustine
"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."
"Terrorists have failed to trigger mass conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe. We should draw strength from that fact."