lat. The state things were before the war.
This phrase is were the often used Status Quo comes from1.
1. Status Quo denotes a previous condition, not a present one, so when someone talks about maintaining the Status Quo, they are actually talking about a condition before some event. "Before what?" you might be asking. Good question.
I'd like to thanks whoever created this empty nodeshell for giving me yet another latin phrase to hide my ignorance with. And I don't mind ending sentences with preposition either.
Source: Words, Words.. http://www.du.edu/~jcalvert/humor/words.htm