Here are a couple of quotes that seem to sum up why the LHC is taking so long to turn on:
I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.
- Poul Anderson (1926 - 2001)
The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.
- Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001), Mostly Harmless