Reading Swami Vivekananda's thoughts on "Work and its secret" (published by Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata). Some extracts:
"That man alone will be able to get the best of nature, who, having the power of attaching himself to a thing with all his energy, has also the power to detach himself when he should do so. The difficulty is that there must be as much power of attachment as that of detachment."
"We must learn that nothing can happen to us, unless we make ourselves susceptible to it"
"......you will find that every blow you have received, came to you because you prepared yourselves for it"
"I have no control of the external world, but that which is in me and nearer unto me, my own world, is in my control. If the two together are required to make a failure, if the two together are necessary to give me a blow, I will not contribute the one which is in my keeping; and how then can the blow come? If I get real control of myself, the blow will never come"
UPDATE: Thanks to MT for the info! Here's the online version of this book! :)