In "Romeo and Juliet", how is Juliet different in personality to Romeo?

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Although Juliet is quite young - only 13 - she is already a very practical and confident girl.  She is carried away be her love for Romeo and exaggerates that he is perfect, but she is quick enough to worry for his safety when he shows up in her garden.  Then, when he begins to "swear" his love, she gets exasperated with him, not wanting him to be so poetic.  She'd rather her plain speak:

The orchard walls are high and hard to climb,
And the place death, considering who thou art,
If any of my kinsmen find thee here.  (safety concerns)

Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,
I have no joy of this contract to-night.
It is too rash, too unadvis'd, too sudden;
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be(125)
Ere one can say ‘It lightens.’ Sweet, good night! (practical conerns)

Juliet is also the one who plans the best.  She sets forth the plan with Romeo to send her a message about being married, and she quickly embraces the plan to interfere with her marriage to Paris. 

Romeo is much more impulsive and emotional.  He does not come to propose to Juliet in the garden, but to worship her, as he did Rosaline (who he just got over, by the way).  He is full of large speech and pretty words, but need Juliet and the Friar to help him along with plans.  The only plan he does make is to rush off and kill himself before even trying to make sure that the news he has received is accurate.