Wow. After reading your actual post, not just the title of the thread, Scott, I thought errrm, maybe I won't post my fave author, but scrolling down made me feel more secure (though not that much more) about my extremely popularist choice. I adore Terry Pratchett - I think that, as well as being one of the best humour writers ever, his works are wise and optimistic. His characters should appeal to those with a Kantian bent as duty always comes above self-interest: my top quote from 2 different characters, in 2 different books is actually the same: 'Personal isn't the same as important'. The fact that 2 of his characters who have never interacted have said the same thing might be seen by some as a negative point about a writer, but there are certain characteristics our heroes have and this is an excellent summing up of, for me, the main one. Also, being such a prolific writer, it is only natural things come up across books; I suspect it is only because this was so simple and apt that I even noticed it.
To LoveHatesYou - can I ask for a little more info about Chuck Palahunick. As an A-level Philosophy and Psychology teacher, I've come across some of his quotes and he sounds like someone I'd be interested in, but I always assumed he was a journalist due to the nature of the quotes. What kind of thing does he write?