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Raymond Reddington Quotes from The Blacklist

Enjoy these Raymond Reddington quotes from a criminal mastermind.

Raymond Reddington is the main character in the TV series “The Blacklist.”

Reddington is a genius criminal who had made it to number one on the FBI’s most-wanted list and then, after twenty years, suddenly turns himself in.

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Produced by Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, and John Davis, the series premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013.

It follows Reddington and his relationship with the FBI.

Even though he turns himself in, Reddington negotiates his continued freedom by repeatedly helping the FBI bring in other highly wanted criminals.

Some of these cases are ones the FBI would not even know about without him.

James Spader masterfully played the character.

These Raymond Reddington quotes will:

  • remind you that your choices in life matter
  • give you a new perspective on love and revenge
  • help you understand the character better

Each season of The Blacklist has received positive reviews, with many critics praising Spader’s performance in particular.

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Best Raymond Reddington quotes from The Blacklist

1. “Value loyalty above all else.” – Raymond Reddington

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2. “You have to make your choices; you have to be happy with them.” – Raymond Reddington

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3. “When you love someone, you have no control. That’s what love is. Being powerless.” – Raymond Reddington

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4. “Revenge isn’t a passion, it’s a disease that eats at your mind and poisons your soul.” – Raymond Reddington

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5. “Dead? Pishposh. What’s death? It’s just a process, right?” – Raymond Reddington

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6. “Once you cross over, there are things in the darkness that can keep your heart from feeling the light again.” – Raymond Reddington

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7. “There is nothing that can take the pain away. But eventually, you will find a way to live with it.” – Raymond Reddington

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8. “The world can be such an unsparingly savage place one can be forgiven for believing that evil will triumph in the end.” – Raymond Reddington

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9. “The only thing that is real is the present, and you’ve plundered it, robbed it of the very geniuses that might have averted the dystopia you so fear.” – Raymond Reddington

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10. “As you well know, one of the keys to my success is a clear and consistent understanding of my own limitations.” – Raymond Reddington

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11. “You see that Geoff, that is what a good man does. That is what separates men like him from men like you… and me.” – Raymond Reddington

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12. “You can’t judge a book by its cover. But you can by it’s first few chapters and certainly by its last.” – Raymond Reddington

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13. “As bad as you think I am, as far as you think I’m willing to go to protect that which I hold dear…” – Raymond Reddington

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14. “Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.” – Raymond Reddington

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15. “In this world, there are no sides. Only players.” – Raymond Reddington

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16. “I had bullets. He had words. But when he was done talking for the first time, I truly understood which of those was more powerful.” – Raymond Reddington

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17. “God can’t protect you, but I can.” – Raymond Reddington

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18. “I always found fear to be my most valuable sense.” – Raymond Reddington

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19. “You know the problem with drawling lines in the sand? With a breath of air, they disappear.” – Raymond Reddington

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20. “Every cause has more than one effect.” – Raymond Reddington

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21. “You lost her. I can’t find her. It’s that simple.” – Raymond Reddington

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22. “I could tell you how to win a marathon, but you’re assuming it’s a 26.6-mile race.” – Raymond Reddington

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23. “As a rule, I consider jealousy to be a base emotion, but in this case, It’s quite endearing.” – Raymond Reddington

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24. “You look familiar… Have I threatened you before?” – Raymond Reddington

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25. “I’m not a gumball machine, Lizzy. You don’t get to just twist the handle whenever you want a treat.” – Raymond Reddington

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As you can see from the quotes above, Raymond Reddington is a complex, genius narcissist who is always a few steps ahead of everyone else.

His focus is never on the task at hand but on what that task at hand leads to, and the FBI needs to learn to think like Reddington in order to keep up with him.

A sociopath with no emotion or care for others, Reddington shows a fondness for a few loved ones throughout the series, but he is still his number one concern.

With Reddington’s intellect, charm, and cold-blooded reasoning, he can get in and out of most situations.

His past makes him an integral resource for the FBI as he leads them in capturing many high-profile criminals.

Check out Raymond Reddington in The Blacklist and see if you are as cunning as he is.

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Stephanie Kirby
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  1. Cassi

    January 5, 2023 at 12:46 PM

    The second half of the quote: “There is nothing that can take the pain away. But eventually, you will find a way to live with it. There will be nightmares. And everyday when you wake up, it will be the first thing you think about. Until one day, it will be the second thing.”

  2. Reddington_Fan

    December 27, 2022 at 2:29 PM

    Thanks for compiling. My favorite is “I’m a contrarian by necessity not by choice. If people were wrong less often, my life would much easier.”

    • Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor

      December 28, 2022 at 12:18 PM

      That is a great one! Thanks for leaving us a comment!

  3. aicha

    December 17, 2022 at 3:49 AM

    I love all the Reddington quotes, my favorite is the story about the farmer who suffered and now is the one who makes others suffering and knows he must pay.

  4. Jessica P

    November 10, 2022 at 8:32 PM

    I love all of the quotes! Mine is also one that is not on here…Mine is, “It seems we both have itchy backs! An opportunity to scratch each other’s itch!”

    • Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor

      November 11, 2022 at 10:50 AM

      That is a great one! Thanks for leaving us a comment, and we are glad you enjoyed the article. Please take a moment to share it on social media if you haven’t already!

  5. Carolyn Usher

    October 11, 2021 at 2:46 PM

    My favorite of your selection is the story of the fish who adapted to a dark cave and how this is a metaphor for Red’s life. Genius writing. But my all-time favorite was one you didn’t include. The one more time speech when Red was in the box with Ressler and described all the things he’d like to experience one more time before he dies. The speech was amazing and Spader’s presentation was brilliant.

  6. Rohan

    June 9, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    Hi Stephanie, Thanks a lot for these quotes. You have done an amazing job, nowhere could a find such a concise crisp piece of assimilation of quotes on the internet. Thanks for the effort and I hope you keep doing the work you are doing to help us, positive energy seekers, a place to find solace through these quotes.

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