Beham, Hans Sebald (1500-1550): Hope, from Cognition and the Seven Virtues
is an emotional belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances
within one's personal life. Hope implies a certain amount of perseverance
— ie. believing that a positive outcome is possible even when there is
some evidence to the contrary.
Hope is passive in the sense of a wish or a prayer - or active as a plan or idea, often against popular belief, with persistent, personal action to execute the plan or prove the idea. Consider a prisoner of war who never gives up hope for escape and, against the odds, plans and accomplishes this. By contrast another who simply wishes or prays for freedom, or another who give up all hope of freedom.
Hein, David. "Regrets Only: A Theology of Remorse." The Anglican 33, no. 4 (October 2004): 5-6.