"I am utterly amazed, utterly enchanted! I have a precursor, and what a precursor! I hardly knew Spinoza: that I should have turned to him just now, was inspired by “instinct.” Not only is his overtendency like mine—namely to make all knowledge the most powerful affect—but in five main points of his doctrine I recognize myself; this most unusual and loneliest thinker is closest to me precisely in these matters: he denies the freedom of the will, teleology, the moral world-order, the unegoistic, and evil. Even though the divergencies are admittedly tremendous, they are due more to the difference in time, culture, and science." Nietzsche on finding and reading Spinoza in depth. Both of these philosophers, either unsung or misunderstood in their time, have approached philosophy from a relative isolation. Spinoza was an excommunicated Jew, in addition to losing many members of his family by an early age. Nietzsche was isolated as well, but mostly from his own fiery temperament. Spinoza's quiet thoughtfulness, and resignation to his fate as a solitary thinker make him different from Nietzsche's outspoken opinions, yet they both come to similar philosophical conclusions. Even in their writing, the differences are dramatic! Despite this, their respective views on knowledge as the "most powerful affect", as Nietzsche states it, brings them together at their most basic. Both Spinoza and Nietzsche reject the idea of morality as inherent to life; rather morality as we live it stems from human constructs with their roots planted firmly in historical context. Spinoza's conception of God as an infinite substance, or Nature, is related to Nietzsche's rejection of God as an all-knowing bringer of truth and purpose to humanity. From this, the laws in a society stem not from some innate good with which all men should strive to act in accordance, but from the interactions of people themselves. Good and Bad are ultimately decisions of humanity! With this in mind, I've created a gallery to showcase their similarities. The art that follows is gathered to highlight their ideas as well as their similar mindset.