AS A COLLECTIVE PERSONALITY, THE ROMANIANS ARE ORIENTAL IN THEIR SOULS ALTHOUGH LATIN ON THE SURFACE. THEIR PATIENCE IS ALMOST UNENDING BUT THEY ARE QUICK TO EXPLODE IN ARGUMENT; THEY ARE PEACE-LOVING YET WOULD DISINTEGRATE WITHOUT CONTROVERSY. THEY ARE PASSIVE BUT STRONG IN THEIR RESISTANCE; SPONTANEOUSLY ADAPTABLE, STILL DIFFICULT TO INFLUENCE. THEY ARE ROMANTIC BUT NEVER ESCAPE FROM REALITY. THEY ARE CHARMING YET CRUEL IN THEIR RIDICULE, WARMLY EMOTIONAL BUT CALCULATING, GENEROUS YET CONCENTRATE ON THE ‘MAIN CHANCE.’ THEY ARE OPPORTUNISTIC BUT LOSE INTEREST AFTER THEY HAVE GAINED THE ADVANTAGE; THEY SEIZE THE MOMENT, STILL ADOPT THE LONG VIEW. 

DONALD DUNHAM , 1947

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