If Java had true garbage collection, most programs would delete themselves upon execution.
    — Robert Sewell

Java, the best argument for Smalltalk since C++.
    — Frank Winkler

C++ is history repeated as tragedy. Java is history repeated as farce.
    — Scott McKay

The site that I worked on spent TWO MILLION U.S. DOLLARS on its web server hardware. OK, it used Java servlets that are even slower than Python, but you have to understand that there's a point after which you can no longer pretend that hardware is free.
    — Paul Rubin

Strangely enough I saw just such a beast at the grocery store last night. Starbucks sells Javachip. (It's ice cream, but that shouldn't be an obstacle for the Java marketing people.)
    — Jeremy Hylton, 29 Apr 1997

Java sucks. [...] Java on TV set top boxes will suck so hard it might well inhale people from off their sofa until their heads get wedged in the card slots.
    — Jon Rabone, ucam.chat

You're posting to a Scheme group. Around here, arguing that Java is better than C++ is like arguing that grasshoppers taste better than tree bark.
    — Thant Tessman, comp.lang.scheme

Java is a WORA language! (Write Once, Run Away)
    — James Vandenberg, quoted by David Rush on comp.lang.scheme

C++ is history repeated as tragedy. Java is history repeated as farce.
    — Scott McKay

“Java, the best argument for Smalltalk since C++.
    — Frank Winkler