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Perhaps one is "To rebel is justified / Revolution is no crime."

This however does not seem to me to fully capture the phrase.

I was wondering if there are perhaps other standard translations?

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right to rebel! right to revolution!


Rebellion justified, Revolution legitimated!

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well, you need to know the background of this can't just simply translate from what it looks like....there were about 10 years of history in this one sentence.,.... get to know the history first, then you will understand it.

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In that period of history, it basically means that : you can do what ever you want, as long as "in name of Revolution" to do it. it would be the right thing to do. That history is not easy to understand for ppl from west.. – Root Loop Apr 11 '14 at 15:35

Innocent it is to make revolution, and justified it is to rebel!

The quotation is reversed, its order should be 革命無罪 造反有理. I have not found it in the quotation of Chairman Mao, though some references showed that he said the second part of this slogan, which is later composed into a famous propaganda song.

Thanks to @deutschZuid for advices on improving English translation.

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You mean to revolt, not renovate surely? Unless you are talking about renovating a house... – deutschZuid Apr 10 '14 at 2:13
@deutschZuid 革命 is the positive way of expressing the same thing as "revolt"...pls refer to – Joseph S WU Apr 10 '14 at 18:10
Um.. renovate just doesn't make sense here. You 'renovate' a house by repainting/refurnishing it. It has nothing to do with 革命, which is usually translated as 'revolutionise'. – deutschZuid Apr 11 '14 at 0:01

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