Environmental Microbiology recently published a fun, free article “Referees’ quotes – 2010” (DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2010.02394.x). The article consists of quotes from referee comments in the preceding year, many of them quite snarky. For example, there is the rejection “This paper is desperate. Please reject it completely and then block the author’s email ID so they can’t use the online system in future” and the rather depressing comment “It is sad to see so much enthusiasm and effort go into analyzing a dataset that is just not big enough.“
Read the whole set and be reassured that most of the comments you’ve gotten on your papers in the past year have been more positive.