Isip: Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe

I’m sure there have been moments in your life, dear reader, where you stumble upon a quote and you respond like it’s the holy grail of quotes. Your reaction might have been something like “Holy shit, I’m going to remember this quote forever!”  Well for not much reason, I’d like to share to you the time this happened to me.

Ironically, I don’t remember where I read it, but I can vaguely pinpoint it to a quote repository site some time in late 2014. As usual, I was looking for quotable quotes to tweet in twitter. I was searching for Latin quotes because it makes me look more refined and educated to my peers. A few pages in and there it was…

Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe
When the wind does not serve, take to the oars.

BOOM! PANES! It was appreciation at first sight. From that night forward, I knew it was gonna be my lifelong quote. This piece of Latin text spoke to my very essence.


When the wind does not serve… Life will never always be in your favor. You are not Katniss. Things are seldom perfect unless you have incredible luck. This simple passage reminds us, however, that even if the situation is against us, we still have the option to react in whatever way we choose.

…take to the oars. When trouble halts your progress, find another way. If luck isn’t on your side, achieve it through hard work.  How we react to the circumstances around us is more important than the circumstances themselves. In times where we can’t achieve our goals through one method, another way is always possible and necessary.

It’s not too hard to discern the message of this quote, but it serves as a reminder to me that things aren’t as hopeless as they seem. Things in my life aren’t always fine and dandy, but I still come out smiling at the end of the day. I always aim for the bright side and the simple act of knowing that things will get better is enough to push me to action.

I’ve rambled for a while already but I think I just want to say that sometimes the way to our goals isn’t the clearest and the most planned route. We’re bound to have some detours and roadblocks down the road but the important thing is to just keep moving.


Destitutus Ventis Remos Adhibe
A tattoo design I made that I might get in the future.

2 thoughts on “Isip: Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe”

  1. Hi jgzn! A pleasant day to you!
    What are the odds. The same with your introductory story, I was just navigating the internet to look for an inspiring quote to tweet. And yes, I found out this latin one and proceeded to search for its correct denotation. Just like you thought, I planned on tweeting this to sound witty (haha). But then I stumbled on your blog and I appreciated the quote even better. Your words are the silent phrases I couldn’t utter because of the constant denial that I have on the circumstances around me.
    Clearly, it all boils down to each of our choices. We choose where we stand from circumstances we are in. We choose how to react in every dilemma we face. And it will be our choice to be happy instead and see things positively at the end of every single day in between this lifetime.

    Thank you and have a better day ahead! 🙂



    1. Wow, thank you very much for the kind words! Yes, often times we don’t have control on the situation we’re in, but we have control of our own actions, so let’s always act towards the best possible option. :) Good luck on your day, and I hope you keep making the right choices! :D


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