Now is the time of year when most Americans are wrapping up the year, spending time with family, and thinking about starting fresh on January 1, 2016 with renewed vigor and hope. It’s a wonderful time of renewal, and a great time to think about what you want to do in the coming year. I’ve gathered some of my favorite pieces of advice from five of the greatest American voices to help inspire you.

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” 

Thomas Jefferson

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

Henry Ford

“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”

Albert Einstein

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”