Bruno was widely recognized for his great learning--having been a teacher of nobles, several future bishops, and even a pope. But his smarts were not all. Upon his death in Calabria, his brothers wrote:
Bruno deserves to be praised for many things, but especially for this: his life was always the same. That was typical of him. He always had a smile on his face, always a prudent word. To the severity of a father he joined the tenderness of a mother. Great he was, but everyone found him gentle as a lamb. In truth, he was the Israelite praised in the Gospel [cf. Jn 1:47].Bruno was never formally canonized; such honors are strictly shunned by humble Carthusian sensibilities. But the devotion shown him by his brothers eventually spread through the whole Church.
"Only those who have experienced the solitude and the silence of the wilderness can know the benefit and divine joy they bring to those who love them."
"No act is charitable if it is not just."
"In the solitude and silence of the wilderness..., for their labor in the contest, God gives his athletes the reward they desire: a peace that the world does not know and joy in the Holy Spirit."
"If the bow is stretched for too long, it becomes slack and unfit for its purpose."