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Kennedy, Churchill, King . . . Trump?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a press conference which he held before his campaign event at the Grand River Center on August 25, 2015 in Dubuque, Iowa. Trump leads most polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Photo Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images

We take inspiration from history's leaders and thinkers. Now that it looks like Donald Trump has a real shot at the Republican presidential nod, see how his words compare with legends and heroes:

On race

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." -- The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I have black guys counting my money . . . I hate it. The only guys I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes all day." -- Trump

On wealth

"It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."-- Jesus Christ

"Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich."-- Trump

On blood

"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."-- Prime Minister Winston Churchill

"She [Megyn Kelly] gets out there . . . and you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her whatever." -- Trump

On immigration

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."-- Poet Emma Lazarus"

When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best . . . They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists." -- Trump

On women

"Men's minds are raised to the level of the women with whom they associate." -- Novelist Alexandre Dumas

"You know it really doesn"t matter what they write, as long you've got a young and beautiful piece of [expletive]." -- Trump

On character

"Any fool can criticize, complain and condemn -- and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving."-- Writer Dale Carnegie

Rosie O'Donnell is "disgusting." . . . Bette Midler is "grotesque." . . . Arianna Huffington is "a dog." -- Trump

On service to country

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." -- President John F. Kennedy

"It's very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it." -- Trump

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