Red’s Wish. My Wish Too.

To stand at the helm of your destiny. I want that, one more time. I want to be in the Piazza del Campo in Siena. To feel the surge as 10 racehorses go thundering by. I want another meal in Paris, at L’Ambroisie, at the Place des Vosges. I want another bottle of wine. And then another. I want the warmth of a woman and a cool set of sheets. One more night of jazz at the Vanguard. I want to stand on the summits and smoke Cubans and feel the sun on my face for as long as I can. Walk on the Wall again. Climb the Tower. Ride the River. Stare at the Frescos. I want to sit in the garden and read one more good book. Most of all I want to sleep. I want to sleep like I slept when I was a boy. Give me that, just one time…

— Raymond “Red” Reddington, The Blacklist

Source: Thank you Kurt @ Cultural Offering


  1. OMG, I want that same thing too. I want to go home to Italy. I want to be in Sienna for the annual joisting. I want to be back in Paris, practicing my French at L’Ambroisie and drinking another bottle wine again. I want to be in Venice again, like I was every summer for holiday, as the Gondolier gentle paddled the gondola up and down each canal. I want my new (257 years old) apartment in Florence back, where I would sit in my garden terrace and study my Italian, cursing because my native Italian mother never taught us the language perfectly. But unlike this clip, I never want to sleep again. I just want to make more memories like the ones above and bee thankful for each and everyone.

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  2. You know, I’ve never watched that show though I’ve always loved James Spader as a actor.

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  3. It’s a great show, one of the very, very few I watch these days. And this quote is one of the reasons I’ll be going back to Italy later this year.

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  4. My heart was in my throat as I listened to this clip. Like Carolann, I’ve never seen this show before (need to rectify that), but have always loved James Spader. Experiences, moments that we savor–good wine, a special meal, the sun on our face, a long conversation with a dear friend–these are the things that are truly priceless. (Geesh, I meant that sincerely, but I just realized I sound like a Visa commercial….sigh….)

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  5. I have always enjoyed Red’s philosophies…even if I don’t have his momentous memories…

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  6. yes, to engage the senses and enjoy the offerings of the world is a gift.

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