Man in his power of reasoning is essentially historical. The similes, metaphors and analogies by which he interprets and seeks to understand the world are at root based on an understanding of the past.
Swain, Richard M.
""The Hedgehog and the Fox": Jomini, Clausewitz, and History,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 43
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol43/iss4/8