A Devilish Proverb
Here's a saying among the peasants of Montauban, France:
"A qui Diu nou da maynadyes, la disable qy’ou da nebouts."
“To whom God does not give children, the devil gives nephews.”
Margaret H. Darrow, Revolution in the House: Family, Class, and Inheritance in Southern France, 1775-1825 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989), 222.